a small box or shrine used to hold relics

Phrontistery dictionary. 2013.

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  • Reliquary — Rel i*qua*ry (r?l ? kw? r?), n.; pl. { ries} ( r[i^]z). [LL. reliquiarium, reliquiare: cf. F. reliquaire. See {Relic}.] A depositary, often a small box or casket, in which relics are kept. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • reliquary — receptacle for keeping relics, 1650s, from Fr. reliquaire (14c.), from O.Fr. relique (see RELIC (Cf. relic)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • reliquary — ► NOUN (pl. reliquaries) ▪ a container for holy relics …   English terms dictionary

  • reliquary — [rel′ə kwer΄ē] n. pl. reliquaries [Fr reliquaire < L reliquiae: see RELIC] Eccles. a case or other container in which relics are kept and displayed for veneration …   English World dictionary

  • Reliquary — A reliquary (also referred to as a shrine or by the French term chasse ) is a container for relics. These may be the physical remains of saints, such as bones, pieces of clothing, or some object associated with saints or other religious figures.… …   Wikipedia

  • Reliquary — Small box or chest in which a saint s *relics were kept. As a saint s renown grew, so the reliquary played its part as the focus of pilgrimages. The *Bayeux Tapestry shows (the later King) Harold taking an oath to accept William, duke of Normandy …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • reliquary — [[t]re̱lɪkwəri, AM kweri[/t]] reliquaries N COUNT A reliquary is a container where religious objects connected with a saint are kept …   English dictionary

  • reliquary —    A container or receptacle, such as a coffer or shrine, used to keep or display sacred relics, and usually made of a richly decorated, precious material. Reliquaries have been produced by numerous cultures. In the Christian tradition, they were …   Glossary of Art Terms

  • reliquary — noun (plural quaries) Etymology: French reliquaire, from Medieval Latin reliquiarium, from reliquia relic more at relic Date: 1652 a container or shrine in which sacred relics are kept …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • reliquary — /rel i kwer ee/, n., pl. reliquaries. a repository or receptacle for relics. [1650 60; < MF reliquaire < ML reliquiarium, equiv. to L reliqui(ae) remains (see RELIC) + arium ARY] * * * …   Universalium

  • reliquary — noun A container to hold or display religious relics …   Wiktionary

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