from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A receptacle to hold the relics of saints; a reliquary.
- n. An area of a church in which reliquaries are kept.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a receptacle that houses relics of saints
- n. an area of a church where relics are kept
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A portable bier or shrine, variously adorned, used for containing relics of saints.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A shrine or bier containing the relics of saints, adapted to be borne in religions processions.
- n. The place in a church where such a shrine is set.
Middle English, from Anglo-Norman fertre, from Latin feretrum, from Greek pheretron, from pherein, to carry; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English, from Anglo-Norman fertre, from Latin feretrum, from Ancient Greek φέρετρον (pheretron), from the verb φέρω (phero, "I carry"). (Wiktionary)