[ shrahyn ]
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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.

  1. any structure or place consecrated or devoted to some saint, holy person, or deity, as an altar, chapel, church, or temple.

  2. a receptacle for sacred relics; a reliquary.

verb (used with object),shrined, shrin·ing.

Origin of shrine

before 1000; Middle English schrine,Old English scrīn (cognate with German Schrein,Dutch schrijn) <Latin scrīnium case for books and papers

Other words from shrine

  • shrineless, adjective
  • shrinelike, adjective
  • un·shrined, adjective

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How to use shrine in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for shrine


/ (ʃraɪn) /

  1. a place of worship hallowed by association with a sacred person or object

  2. a container for sacred relics

  1. the tomb of a saint or other holy person

  2. a place or site venerated for its association with a famous person or event

  3. 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

  1. short for enshrine

Origin of shrine

Old English scrīn, from Latin scrīnium bookcase; related to Old Norse skrin, Old High German skrīni

Derived forms of shrine

  • shrinelike, adjective

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