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 (“a relic”) (English relic), noun use of reliquus (“abandoned, left behind, relict”), from relinquo (“I relinquish”), from re- (“again”) and linquo (“I leave”), from Proto-Indo-European *leikʷ-