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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A receptacle, such as a coffer or shrine, for keeping or displaying sacred relics.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A container to hold or display religious relics.
  • n. An object that sustains the memory of past people or events.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A depositary, often a small box or casket, in which relics are kept.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to a reliquary.
  • Residual.
  • n. A repository for relics, often, though not necessarily, small enough to be carried on the person. See shrine, and cut under phylacterium.
  • n. In law, one who owes a balance; also, a person who pays only piecemeal.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a container where religious relics are stored or displayed (especially relics of saints)

Etymologies

French reliquaire, from Old French, from relique, relic, from Late Latin reliquiae, sacred relics; see relic.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French reliquaire (modern French reliquaire), from Late Latin reliquiarium, from reliquia ("a relic") (English relic), noun use of reliquus ("abandoned, left behind, relict"), from relinquo ("I relinquish"), from re- ("again") and linquo ("I leave"), from Proto-Indo-European *leikʷ- (Wiktionary)

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