- 1A place regarded as holy because of its associations with a divinity or a sacred person or relic, marked by a building or other construction: the medieval pilgrim route to the shrine of St James a Hindu shrine at which offerings are placed twice a dayMore example sentences
- On these days they do not enter temples or home shrines, or approach holy men.
- The Sikhs were also deprived of many historic shrines and holy places which were left in Pakistan.
- Many of my friends who are non-Muslims wonder why they are not allowed to visit Makkah and Madinah during Hajj while Muslims are allowed to visit their holy cities and shrines.
- 1.1A place associated with or containing memorabilia of a particular revered person or thing: her grave has become a shrine for fans from all over the worldMore example sentences
- The parade left Fred's home in Radcliffe Road, a shrine to his love of industry, at 11 am.
- The poster is still on the wall in the bedroom my mother has turned into a shrine to my success.
- In amongst the hand-drawn maps and dinosaur relics, I found in Room 26, a shrine to Mongolia's institutional respect for the environment.
- 1.2A casket containing sacred relics; a reliquary.More example sentences
- The church and Minster of St.Werburgs also would have commissioned him to make various ecclesiastical bronze ware such as Thuribles, Censers etc; possibly even elements to shrines and reliquaries.
- It is now accepted in art circles that the belt was a reliquary or shrine.
- The chests or reliquaries in which they were buried were often venerated as shrines and could also serve as an altar.
- 1.3A niche or enclosure containing a religious statue or other object.More example sentences
- There is a new statue in the shrine, larger and gold-plated.
- Adriana hid the trinkets in her bedroom, in her little shrine with its statue of the Virgin.
- The shrine's niche was full of so many old flowers I couldn't even see which saint was in it.
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Old English scrīn 'cabinet, chest, reliquary', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch schrijn and German Schrein, from Latin scrinium 'chest for books'.