Definitions for relicˈrɛl ɪk

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. relic(noun)

    an antiquity that has survived from the distant past

  2. keepsake, souvenir, token, relic(noun)

    something of sentimental value


  1. relic(Noun)

    That which remains; that which is left after loss or decay; a remaining portion.

  2. relic(Noun)

    Something old kept for sentimental reasons.

  3. relic(Noun)

    A part of the body of a saint, or an ancient religious object, kept for veneration.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Relic(noun)

    that which remains; that which is left after loss or decay; a remaining portion; a remnant

  2. Relic(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

  3. Relic(noun)

    hence, a memorial; anything preserved in remembrance; as, relics of youthful days or friendships

  4. Origin: [F. relique, from L. reliquiae, pl., akin to relinquere to leave behind. See Relinquish.]


  1. Relic

    In religion, a relic is a part of the body of a saint or a venerated person, or else another type of ancient religious object, carefully preserved for purposes of veneration or as a touchable or tangible memorial. Relics are an important aspect of some forms of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Shamanism, and many other religions. The word relic comes from the Latin reliquiae, meaning "remains" or "something left behind". A reliquary is a shrine that houses one or more religious relics.

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