Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A receptacle to hold the relics of saints; a reliquary.
  • noun An area of a church in which reliquaries are kept.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A shrine or bier containing the relics of saints, adapted to be borne in religions processions.
  • noun The place in a church where such a shrine is set.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A portable bier or shrine, variously adorned, used for containing relics of saints.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a receptacle that houses relics of saints
  • noun an area of a church where relics are kept

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman fertre, from Latin feretrum, from Greek pheretron, from pherein, to carry; see bher- in Indo-European roots.]

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Middle English, from Anglo-Norman fertre, from Latin feretrum, from Ancient Greek φέρετρον (pheretron), from the verb φέρω (phero, "I carry").

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  • A portable or stationary shrine, often made of or adorned with costly materials, in which were deposited the remains or relics of saints; a tomb.

    February 9, 2008

  • It seems to me a tasteless lapse
    To march about with saintly scraps.
    The apter territory
    For any feretory
    Is seen through a pane in the apse.

    Note. I have found three suggested pronunciations for this word: fer-uh-TORY, fuh-RET-urry, FERRET-tree.

    November 4, 2016