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Definition of relic noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1relic (of/from something) an object, a tradition, a system, etc. that has survived from the past The building stands as the last remaining relic of the town's cotton industry. Videotapes may already seem like relics of a bygone era. The pictures on the walls were relics from the days before her marriage. Our transportation system is a relic of the past.
  2. 2a part of the body or clothing of a holy person, or something that they owned, that is kept after their death and respected as a religious object holy relics
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