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noun, plural rel·i·quar·ies.
  1. a repository or receptacle for relics.
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Origin of reliquary

1650–60; < Middle French reliquaire < Medieval Latin reliquiārium, equivalent to Latin reliqui(ae) remains (see relic) + -ārium -ary
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arca, feretory

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British Dictionary definitions for reliquary


noun plural -quaries
  1. a receptacle or repository for relics, esp relics of saints
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Word Origin for reliquary

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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