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



BrE BrE//ˈrelɪkwəri//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrelɪkweri//
(pl. reliquaries) Religious items
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a container in which a relic of a holy person is kept See related entries: Religious items Word Originmid 16th cent.: from French reliquaire, from Old French relique (originally plural), from Latin reliquiae feminine plural (used as a noun) of reliquus ‘remaining’, based on linquere ‘to leave’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: reliquary