American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A receptacle, such as a coffer or shrine, for keeping or displaying sacred relics.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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.
- Of or pertaining to a reliquary.
- n. A container to hold or display religious relics.
- n. figuratively An object that sustains the memory of past people or events.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A depositary, often a small box or casket, in which relics are kept.
- n. a container where religious relics are stored or displayed (especially relics of saints)
- 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)
- 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)
“This reliquary is a product of the monastic workshop of St. Maurice d'Agaune.”
“There was a gold chain with a cross, and what you call a reliquary about her little neck, and a scroll written in cipher among her swaddling bands; but they are laid up at home, at Bridgefield.”
“A reliquary is a container that houses the remains or other relic of a saint and the use of the term here reminds those gathered within these walls that they are holy and precious to God.”
“Casket of Teudericus" reliquary from the second half of the 7th c.”
“Or maybe it is more rightly called the reliquary of liberty.”
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“The expression on the count's face betrayed his eagerness, and it was evident that the reliquary was the reason he desired to depart in haste.”
“A reliquary is a small box, casket, or shrine designed to hold sacred relics.”
“Often the preserve of church or cathedral treasuries, the reliquary is an art of boxes and caskets, housing mysteries; of amulets and pendants made to hold and venerate sacred matter itself: the mortal remnants of the saints or objects once believed to have touched Christ himself.”
“So she ran to the little altar of the house and took from it a picture, and a small reliquary; the picture was of Saint Genevieve, and in the reliquary was a bit of the robe of Saint Joseph the Bridegroom, the patron of youths and maidens who are betrothed.”
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