- remaining parts or fragments.
- the remains of a deceased person.
Origin of relic
Examples from the Web for relic
Blues music is often treated like a museum piece, a relic from a bygone day, but this band will make you want to get up and dance.
Enjoy Messi while you can—he might play on for a few years yet but everything he represents is already a relic.
Marrero himself was hardly a “cup of coffee” relic or a minor character belatedly retrieved from the dustbin of baseball history.Havana Bids Adios to Conrado Marrero, MLB’s Oldest Player|Peter C. Bjarkman|April 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Even the Aughties Beck—The Information, parts of Guero, parts of Modern Guilt—seems like a relic at this point.Beck’s Musical Time Machine: This Wasn’t a Concert. It was a Spectacular Party.|Andrew Romano|April 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The church was closed due to bad weather when the relic, along with a golden cross, was taken.Who Stole John Paul’s Blood And Christ’s Foreskin?|Barbie Latza Nadeau|January 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They took with them a relic, supposed to be the body of St. Clement of Rome, a martyr.Curiosities of Christian History|Croake James
Firstly, he picked up the charred fragment of the letter, and smoothed it out carefully and reverently as he would a relic.El Dorado|Baroness Orczy
I found it in this cell, after the death of the martyr, and have preserved it as a relic.The Black Tulip|Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
"You may keep the carrion," said the French general flippantly, as he handed the relic to the Grand Master, minus the ring.The Story of Malta|Maturin M. Ballou
He thinks no end of it; it's a Revolutionary relic or Waterloo or something.
British Dictionary definitions for relic
Word Origin for relic
Word Origin and History for relic
early 13c., "body part or other object from a holy person," from Old French relique (11c., plural reliques), from Late Latin reliquiæ (plural) "remains of a martyr," in classical Latin "remains, remnants," noun use of fem. plural of reliquus "remaining, that which remains," related to relinquere (perfective reliqui) "to leave behind" (see relinquish). Sense of "remains, ruins" is from early 14c. Old English used reliquias, directly from Latin.