- 1An object surviving from an earlier time, especially one of historical interest: a museum of railway relicsMore example sentences
- The saddle no longer looked like an interesting historical relic but an instrument of torture.
- It's a city packed full of historical monuments and relics, of myths and legends, which seem to come to life every time you walk through its century old streets.
- Models of historic buildings and cultural relics enable architects and archaeologists to study their subject in closer detail than might otherwise be possible.
- 1.1A part of a deceased holy person’s body or belongings kept as an object of reverence: miracles wrought by the relics of St StephenMore example sentences
- The holy relic is believed to protect the 25 sq. km. former Portuguese colony, on the doorstep of China, from natural disasters.
- Pilgrimages to the sites of miracles and holy relics grew ever more popular, and the number of such places increased.
- The reverence shown for relics has roots in the celebration of the Eucharist over the graves of the first Christian martyrs.
- 1.2A person or thing that has survived from an earlier time but is now outmoded: the supermodel has become an embarrassing relic from the early 1990sMore example sentences
- In Scotland, however, the old code remained legal and came to be viewed simultaneously as a relic of outmoded ways of life and as a sign of modernity.
- Coombs was a relic of an earlier, gentler time, when the privacy of public officials (even politicians) was normally regarded as sacrosanct.
- Some historians indicated that the four western Kavango groups of today are most probably some of the oldest relics of the earliest inhabitants of central Africa.
Middle English: from Old French relique (originally plural), from Latin reliquiae (see reliquiae).