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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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Etenim usque hodie feretrum eius caballarium, quo infirmus uehi solebat, seruatum a discipulis eius, multos febricitantes uel alio quolibet incommodo fessos, sanare non desistit.
El lo ensena cuando lo pregunta: Quale in illo viro feretrum Deus diabolo extruxerit.
An upper structure or feretrum was basically a reliquary containing the saint's remains, which might vary from the entire body, sometimes allegedly not corrupt, to individual bones.