Origin of reliquaryFrench reliquaire ; from Classical Latin reliquiae: see relic
Origin of reliquaryFrench reliquaire, from Old French, from relique, relic, from Late Latin reliquiae, sacred relics; see relic.
- A container to hold or display religious relics.
- (figuratively) An object that sustains the memory of past people or events.
From Middle French reliquaire (modern French reliquaire), from Late Latin reliquiarium, from reliquia (â€œa relicâ€) (English relic), noun use of reliquus (â€œabandoned, left behind, relictâ€), from relinquo (â€œI relinquishâ€), from re- (â€œagainâ€) and linquo (â€œI leaveâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *leikÊ·-