Dictionary.com

reliquary

[ rel-i-kwer-ee ]
/ ˈrɛl ɪˌkwɛr i /
Save This Word!

noun, plural rel·i·quar·ies.
a repository or receptacle for relics.
QUIZ
SHALL WE PLAY A "SHALL" VS. "SHOULD" CHALLENGE?
Should you take this quiz on “shall” versus “should”? It should prove to be a quick challenge!
Question 1 of 6
Which form is used to state an obligation or duty someone has?

Origin of reliquary

1650–60; <Middle French reliquaire<Medieval Latin reliquiārium, equivalent to Latin reliqui(ae) remains (see relic) + -ārium-ary
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use reliquary in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for reliquary

reliquary
/ (ˈrɛlɪkwərɪ) /

noun plural -quaries
a receptacle or repository for relics, esp relics of saints

Word Origin for reliquary

C17: from Old French reliquaire, from relique relic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK