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Definition of "shrine" []

  • A place of religious devotion or commemoration, such as: (noun)
  • A place where devotion is paid to a deity or deities, as in Shinto. (noun)
  • The tomb of a saint or other venerated person. (noun)
  • A location where an important event in the life of a holy person is thought to have occurred. (noun)
  • A container or receptacle for sacred relics; a reliquary. (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.

Use "shrine" in a sentence
  • "Trubek finds the whole notion of "literary pilgrimages" perverse, and rightly points out that preserving a house as a shrine is a particularly costly, even downright wasteful form of "worship.""
  • "Rising under the shrine is a lighthouse gleaming white in the day, and at night its turning lights brings boats safely home."
  • "The main building at each shrine is a simple thatched hut made of unpainted cypress wood in ancient Japanese style."