This arrowhead is a relic from an ancient time.
An old tool from ancient times is an example of a relic.
- an object, custom, etc. that has survived, wholly or partially, from the past
- something that has historic interest because of its age and associations with the past, or that serves as a keepsake, or souvenir
- [pl.] remaining fragments; surviving parts; ruins
- relict (noun)
- Eccles. the body or a body part of, or some object associated with, a saint, martyr, etc., kept and reverenced as a memorial, as in the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches
Origin of relicMiddle English relike from Old French relique from Classical Latin reliquiae, plural , remains from relinquere: see relinquish
- 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 )
- Something cherished for its age or historic interest.
- An object kept for its association with the past; a memento.
- An object of religious veneration, especially a piece of the body or a personal item of a saint.
- or relics A corpse; remains.
Origin of relicMiddle English relik object of religious veneration from Old French relique from Late Latin reliquiae sacred relics from Latin remains from reliquus remaining from relinquere relīqu- to leave behind ; see relinquish .
By comparison with synonyms, relic emphasizes age, and to some degree value - a “relic of a lost civilization".