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n. pl. rel·i·quar·ies
A receptacle, such as a coffer or shrine, for keeping or displaying sacred relics.

[French reliquaire, from Old French, from relique, relic, from Late Latin reliquiae, sacred relics; see relic.]


(ˈrɛlɪkwərɪ) or


n, pl -quaries
(Ecclesiastical Terms) a receptacle or repository for relics, esp relics of saints
[C17: from Old French reliquaire, from relique relic]


(ˈrɛl ɪˌkwɛr i)

n., pl. -quar•ies.
a repository or receptacle for relics.
[1650–60; < Middle French reliquaire < Medieval Latin reliquiārium= Latin reliqui(ae) remains (see relic) + -ārium -ary]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.reliquary - a container where religious relics are stored or displayed (especially relics of saints)reliquary - a container where religious relics are stored or displayed (especially relics of saints)
container - any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another)


[ˈrelɪkwərɪ] Nrelicario m


[ˈrɛlɪkwəri] nreliquaire m


nReliquiar nt, → Reliquienschrein m


[ˈrɛlɪkwərɪ] nreliquiario
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A golden chain, to which was attached a small reliquary of the same metal, hung round her neck.
Rich reliquary Of lofty contemplation left to Time By buried centuries of pomp and power
In the centre of this crowd, the grand officers of the Brotherhood of Fools bore on their shoulders a litter more loaded down with candles than the reliquary of Sainte-Geneviève in time of pest; and on this litter shone resplendent, with crosier, cope, and mitre, the new Pope of the Fools, the bellringer of Notre-Dame, Quasimodo the hunchback.
Does that make it a reliquary, and the plant material a relic?
The practice was to boil the body parts after execution and it's believed the eyeball was collected at the scene by a young Catholic who put it into a silver reliquary (container for relics).
No, this scene from A Newly Crimsoned Reliquary, the latest in The Monastery Murders, is a modern-day service for All Souls' Day in a thoroughly orthodox church in Oxford, England.
In Archer's grave, researchers found what seems to be a Catholic reliquary, a container for holy relics, which suggests that Archer or those who buried him may have been secret Catholics in an Anglican colony.
Russian traveler Fyodor Konyukhov next year plans to search for an ancient monastery, where, according to a legend, the reliquary of St.
A reliquary is a shrine that houses one or more religious relics.
Thieves snatched the reliquary and a crucifix after breaking into the church in the mountains east of Rome over the weekend.
Police were sweeping the area yesterday in case the holy fluid, which was held in an ornate reliquary, had been hidden.
Rome: Thieves broke into a small church in the mountains east of Rome over the weekend and stole a reliquary with the blood of the late Pope John Paul II, a custodian said on Monday.