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ˈrɛl ɪˌkwɛr ireli·qua·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. reliquarynoun

    a container where religious relics are stored or displayed (especially relics of saints)


  1. reliquarynoun

    A container to hold or display religious relics.

    Etymology: From reliquaire (modern French reliquaire), from reliquiarium, from reliquia (English relic), noun use of reliquus, from relinquo, from re- and linquo, from leikʷ-

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reliquarynoun

    a depositary, often a small box or casket, in which relics are kept

    Etymology: [LL. reliquiarium, reliquiare: cf. F. reliquaire. See Relic.]


  1. Reliquary

    A reliquary 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. The authenticity of any given relic is often a matter of debate; for that reason, some churches require documentation of the relic's provenance. Relics have long been important to Buddhists, Christians, Hindus and many other religions. In these cultures, reliquaries are often presented in shrines, churches, or temples to which the faithful make pilgrimages in order to gain blessings. In Central West Africa, reliquaries used in the Bwete rituals contain objects considered magical, or the bones of ancestors, and are commonly constructed with a guardian figure attached to the reliquary. The term is sometimes used loosely of containers for the body parts of non-religious figures; in particular the Kings of France often specified that their hearts and sometimes other organs be buried in a different location from their main burial.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Reliquary

    rel′i-kwā-ri, n. a small chest or casket for holding relics: (law) one who owes a balance.—Also Reliquaire′. [Fr. reliquaire; cf. Relic.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Reliquary

    name given to a portable shrine or case for relics of saints or martyrs; they assumed many forms, and were often rich in material and of exquisite design.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reliquary in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reliquary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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