Definition of "relic" []

  • Something that has survived the passage of time, especially an object or custom whose original culture has disappeared: "Corporal punishment was a relic of barbarism” ( Cyril Connolly). (noun)
  • Something cherished for its age or historic interest. (noun)
  • An object kept for its association with the past; a memento. (noun)
  • An object of religious veneration, especially a piece of the body or a personal item of a saint. (noun)
  • A corpse; remains. (noun)
  • Something that has survived from the past, such as an object or custom (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Something kept as a remembrance or treasured for its past associations; keepsake (noun)
  • A remaining part or fragment (noun)
  • Part of the body of a saint or something supposedly used by or associated with a saint, venerated as holy (noun)
  • An old or old-fashioned person or thing (noun)
  • The remains of a dead person; corpse (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "relic" in a sentence
  • "Also similar are the supernatural elements to both games as the mystery of the title relic inevitably leads to the discovery of some unnatural force that threatens the world."
  • "ZAHN: Obviously not going to take any questions today, but confirming what he told congressional members yesterday, that the United States will unilaterally withdraw from the ABM Treaty, what he calls a relic of the Cold War."
  • "Uncle. twas my intention to have brought it home again with me. you see Grosvenor this relic is already become rare. have you received the original"