Definitions

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

  • noun Something that has survived the passage of time, especially an object or custom whose original culture has disappeared.
  • noun Something cherished for its age or historic interest.
  • noun An object kept for its association with the past; a memento.
  • noun An object of religious veneration, especially a piece of the body or a personal item of a saint.
  • noun A corpse; remains.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun That which remains; that which is left after the consumption, loss, or decay of the rest.
  • noun The body of a deceased person; a corpse, as deserted by the soul.
  • noun That which is preserved in remembrance; a memento; a sonvenir; a keepsake.
  • noun An object held in reverence or affection because connected with some sacred or beloved person deceased; specifically, in the Roman Catholic Church, the Gr. Ch., and some other churches, a saint's body or part of it, or an object supposed to have been connected with the life or body of Christ, of the Virgin Mary, or of some saint or martyr, and regarded therefore as a personal memorial worthy of religions veneration.
  • noun Something dear or precious.
  • noun A monument.
  • noun Synonyms Remains, Relics. The remains of a dead person are his corpse or his literary works; in the latter case they are, for the sake of distinction, generally called literary remains. We speak also of the remains of a feast, of a city, building, monument, etc. Relics always suggests antiquity; as, the relics of ancient sovereigns, heroes, and especially saints. The singular of relics is used; that of remains is not.

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

  • noun That which remains; that which is left after loss or decay; a remaining portion; a remnant.
  • noun The body from which the soul has departed; a corpse; especially, the body, or some part of the body, of a deceased saint or martyr; -- usually in the plural when referring to the whole body.
  • noun Hence, a memorial; anything preserved in remembrance.

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

  • noun That which remains; that which is left after loss or decay; a remaining portion.
  • noun Something old kept for sentimental reasons.
  • noun religion A part of the body of a saint, or an ancient religious object, kept for veneration.

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

  • noun something of sentimental value
  • noun an antiquity that has survived from the distant past

Etymologies

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

[Middle English relik, object of religious veneration, from Old French relique, from Late Latin reliquiae, sacred relics, from Latin, remains, from reliquus, remaining, from relinquere, relīqu-, to leave behind; see relinquish.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin reliquiae ("remains, relics"), from relinquō ("I leave behind, abandon, relinquish"), from re- + linquō ("I leave, quit, forsake, depart from").

Examples

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  • ZAHN: Obviously not going to take any questions today, but confirming what he told congressional members yesterday, that the United States will unilaterally withdraw from the ABM Treaty, what he calls a relic of the Cold War.

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  • Uncle. twas my intention to have brought it home again with me. you see Grosvenor this relic is already become rare. have you received the original

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  • This parliament took into consideration the abolition of the clerical function, as savoring of Popery; and the taking away of tithes, which they called a relic of Judaism.

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  • The relic is a celebration that arises from the popular devotion by virtue of

    La Reliquia

  • The relic is a celebration that arises from the popular devotion by virtue of

    La Reliquia

  • This was combined with blog support from Change. org and others, as well as a high-profile road trip from Maine to the capital with the first White House solar panel, a relic from the Carter administration.

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  • The poet constantly intersperses stodgy Victorianisms with moments of realism or reflection that keep it firmly locked in the present, making the voice of the poems both a relic from the past and that of a modern-day poet joking about relics from the past.

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  • The relic is a celebration that arises from the popular devotion by virtue of

    La Reliquia

  • The relic is a celebration that arises from the popular devotion by virtue of

    La Reliquia

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