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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
References in classic literature ?
Rich reliquary Of lofty contemplation left to Time By buried centuries of pomp and power
A golden chain, to which was attached a small reliquary of the same metal, hung round her neck.
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.
The relic, which consists of bone fragments housed in a special reliquary, is currently being hosted by the Diocese of Pasig until tomorrow, February 27.
We hope to find a proper reliquary for it soon so that we could expose it for the veneration of the faithful.
Focusing on structural elements the cities used to construct their images as God-chosen and God-protected places, she inquires into the sacral topography of urban environments, specific traits of public worship, dedications of churches, reliquary programs, the presence and role of miracle-working icons, and the architectural design of individual churches and their painted and sculptural decoration.
The sacred relics included the Holy bone relics of Lord Buddha, a golden casket containing the relics and a stone reliquary in stupa shape.
The sacred relics include two holy bone relics of Lord Buddha, a golden casket containing the relics and a stone reliquary in stupa shape.
Stair's introduction to one work in his exhibition, Reliquary for a Common Man during the launch of the trail, evoked an almost audible intake of breath from the audience.
These exhibits include two sacred bone relics of Lord Buddha, stone reliquary in stupa shape and a golden Casket.
Main features: this contract is for the services designated below: -The destruction of monuments, soles, emblems and any objects unless (architectural or historical interest) and the meeting -l~exhumation mortal remains of one concession in a reliquary of appropriate dimensions, including on a non-degradable plaque on the reliquary concession number and last name, followed by an immediate reburial in the ossuary, -the demolition or vault of cleaning after examining its internal state or () few minor repairs -l~vacuation rubble and debris coffin, -the immediate backfilling pits with soil, -The construction of a new ossuary from existing vaults
The reliquary held in the Treasury and revered by the Christian world is not the Crown of Thorns that was brutally thrust on Jesus Christ's head for his crucifixion.