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
Ritual art-used to connect with the spiritual world through prayer and
  supplication-can still be found in caves and shrines.
They are shown in three gilt shrines, in the abbey which bears his name, and
  was founded in the eighth century.
Other charges were that he had carried away productions of art, and that he had
  violated the sacred shrines.
Homemade shrines, increasingly common in public places, are the subject of some
  controversy.
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