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  1. a building or other shelter, often of a stately or sumptuous character, enclosing the remains or relics of a saint or other holy person and forming an object of religious veneration and pilgrimage.
  2. any place or object hallowed by its history or associations: a historic shrine.
  3. any structure or place consecrated or devoted to some saint, holy person, or deity, as an altar, chapel, church, or temple.
  4. a receptacle for sacred relics; a reliquary.
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verb (used with object), shrined, shrin·ing.
  1. to enshrine.
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Origin of shrine

before 1000; Middle English schrine, Old English scrīn (cognate with German Schrein, Dutch schrijn) < Latin scrīnium case for books and papers
Related formsshrine·less, adjectiveshrine·like, adjectiveun·shrined, adjective
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Related Words for shrine

sanctuary, altar, church, mausoleum, temple, chapel, sepulcher, sanctum, grave, reliquary, enshrinement

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British Dictionary definitions for shrine


  1. a place of worship hallowed by association with a sacred person or object
  2. a container for sacred relics
  3. the tomb of a saint or other holy person
  4. a place or site venerated for its association with a famous person or event
  5. RC Church a building, alcove, or shelf arranged as a setting for a statue, picture, or other representation of Christ, the Virgin Mary, or a saint
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  1. short for enshrine
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Derived Formsshrinelike, adjective

Word Origin for shrine

Old English scrīn, from Latin scrīnium bookcase; related to Old Norse skrin, Old High German skrīni
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Word Origin and History for shrine


Old English scrin "ark (of the covenant); chest, coffer; case for relics," from Latin scrinium "case or box for keeping papers," of unknown origin. From late 14c. as "a tomb of a saint" (usually elaborate and large). A widespread word, cf. Dutch schrijn, German Schrein, French écrin, Russian skrynya, Lithuanian skrine.

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