shrine

[shrahyn]
noun
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.
verb (used with object), shrined, shrining.
5.

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

shrineless, adjective
shrinelike, adjective
unshrined, adjective
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shrine (ʃraɪn)
 
n
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
 
vb
6.  short for enshrine
 
[Old English scrīn, from Latin scrīnium bookcase; related to Old Norse skrin, Old High German skrīni]
 
'shrinelike
 
adj

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shrine
O.E. scrin "ark of the covenant, case for relics," from L. scrinium "case or box for keeping papers," of unknown origin. A Shriner (1884) is a member of the Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (est. 1872).
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Example sentences
His body was removed and, it is now reported, buried at sea so as to avoid the possibility of his grave becoming a shrine.
Sixty years later the fate of a watery shrine remains uncertain.
The shrine will lend money for business ventures-so long as the recipient has the right name.
More a shrine to local sustainable cuisine than a hotel.
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