Definitions for relicˈrɛl ɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

rel•icˈrɛl ɪk(n.)

  1. a surviving memorial of something past.

  2. an object having interest by reason of its age or its association with the past.

  3. a surviving trace of something:

    a custom that is a relic of paganism.

  4. relics, remaining parts or fragments. the remains of a deceased person.

  5. something kept in remembrance; souvenir; memento.

  6. a body, body part, or personal object associated with a saint or martyr and preserved as worthy of veneration.

    Category: Religion

  7. a once widespread linguistic form that survives in a limited area but is otherwise obsolete.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

Origin of relic:

1175–1225; ME < OF relique < L reliquiae (pl.) remains (> OE reliquias) =reliqu(us) remaining +-iae pl. n. suffix

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


  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.

Translations for relic

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


something left from a past time

relics of an ancient civilization.

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