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



    BrE BrE//ʃraɪn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃraɪn//
    Religious buildings, Religious places
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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 See related entries: Religious buildings, Religious places
  2. 2shrine (for somebody) | shrine (to somebody/something) a place that people visit because it is connected with somebody/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.
  3. Word OriginOld English scrīn ‘cabinet, chest, reliquary’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch schrijn and German Schrein, from Latin scrinium ‘chest for books’.Extra examples She had turned the room into a shrine to her dead son. The people worshipped at wayside shrines. This shrine is sacred to the Hindu god Vishnu. a makeshift shrine near the spot where he died a shrine dedicated to the sea goddess the shrine of St Cuthbert at Durham
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