Meaning of RELIC in English


/ ˈrelɪk; NAmE / noun


relic (of / from sth) an object, a tradition, etc. that has survived from a period of time that no longer exists :

The building stands as the last remaining relic of the town's cotton industry.


a part of the body or clothing of a holy person, or sth that they owned, that is kept after their death and respected as a religious object :

holy relics



Middle English : from Old French relique (originally plural), from Latin reliquiae feminine plural (used as a noun) of reliquus remaining, based on linquere to leave.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.