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Definition of shrine noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a place where people come to worship because it is connected with a holy person or event shrine (to somebody/something) a shrine to the Virgin Mary shrine (of somebody/something) to visit the shrine of Mecca
  2. 2shrine (for somebody) shrine (to somebody/something) a place that people visit because it is connected with someone or something that is important to them Wimbledon is a shrine for all lovers of tennis. The singer's grave in Paris has become a shrine. They have turned the room into a shrine to their dead son.
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