- a repository or receptacle for relics.
Origin of reliquary
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Examples from the Web for reliquary
Every January 1, the priest would lead a procession with the relic and its 18th-century reliquary.Happy Holy Circumcision Day!
December 31, 2009
Father Thomas Michelet, having accompanied the reliquary from Sainte-Baume to New York, was surprised by the turnout.Mary Magdalene and Me
November 10, 2009
In some towns they have, in the cemetery, a bone-house or reliquary.Shawl-Straps
Louisa M. Alcott
Jane brought it to Con as to the proper keeper of the reliquary.The Celt and Saxon, Complete
She rushed for a little box which she had converted into a sort of reliquary.Jacqueline, Complete
(Mme. Blanc) Th. Bentzon
Menstir, a reliquary; poolire, a leathern bookcase or satchel.The Archaeology and Prehistoric Annals of Scotland
It is circular in form, and was probably intended as a reliquary.Jewellery
H. Clifford Smith,
- a receptacle or repository for relics, esp relics of saints
C17: from Old French reliquaire, from relique relic
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Word Origin and History for reliquary
"receptacle for keeping relics," 1650s, from French reliquaire (14c.), from relique (see relic).
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