What does relic mean?

Definitions for relicˈrɛl ɪk

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word relic.

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Relic

    rel′ik, n. that which is left after loss or decay of the rest: a corpse (gener. pl.): (R.C.) any personal memorial of a reputed saint, to be held in reverence as an incentive to faith and piety: a memorial, a souvenir: a monument.—n. Rel′ic-mong′er, one who traffics in relics. [Fr. relique—L. reliquiærelinquĕre, relictum, to leave behind.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of relic in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of relic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Yu Ying:

    I can see an only child me like me becoming a cultural relic.

  2. Emily Brontë:

    Any relic of the dead is precious, if they were valued living.

  3. Pamela Geller:

    It is within the established American tradition of satire, if America surrenders on this point, the freedom of speech is a relic of history.

  4. The European Space Agency:

    The existence of such complex molecules in a comet, a relic of Solar System, imply that chemical processes at work during that time could have played a key role in fostering the formation of prebiotic material.

  5. Alexis DeTocqueville:

    This Rock has become an object of veneration in the United States. I have seen bits of it carefully preserved in several towns in the Union. Does this sufficiently show that all human power and greatness is in the soul of man? Here is a stone which the feet of a few outcasts pressed for an instant; and the stone becomes famous; it is treasured by a great nation; its very dust is shared as a relic.

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