Definition of relic noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈrelɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrelɪk//
    Religious items
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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 See related entries: Religious items
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French relique (originally plural), from Latin reliquiae feminine plural (used as a noun) of reliquus ‘remaining’, based on linquere ‘to leave’.Extra examples He seemed to view her as a quaint relic of the past. It was the last relic of the old system. Most of these guns are relics from the Boer War. The duke secretly removed the relics from the reliquary. The relics were discovered in a lead box in the ruins of an abbey. They believe that hunting is a relic of the past and are calling for it to be banned. This silver belt buckle is the only relic of the battle that survives. a relic of the time when people hunted their own food a relic of the time when people travelled by horse and carriage relics of a bygone age
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