Meaning of RELIC in English


rel ‧ ic /ˈrelɪk/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Date: 1200-1300 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: relique , from Latin reliquiae 'things left behind' , from relinquere ; ⇨ ↑ relinquish ]

1 . an old object or custom that reminds people of the past or that has lived on from a past time:

Roman relics found in a field

relic of

the books and photos, relics of Rob’s university days

Everything in the house seemed old and untouched, like relics of an ancient time.

2 . a part of the body or clothing of a holy person which is kept after their death because it is thought to be holy

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.