- The definition of a shrine is a holy or sacred place, or a small area or monument dedicated to someone, or a place known as the site of a religious occurrence or a historical event.
- An example of a shrine is a monument to Mary, mother of Jesus.
- An example of a shrine is The Alamo, site of the Battle of the Alamo in 1836.
- a niche or other setting for a statue, picture, or other object arousing or designed to arouse devotion
- a small area or structure arranged for private devotion
- a place revered as the place of death or burial of a saint or other venerable personage
- a place revered as the site of a reported supernatural apparition, miraculous occurrence, etc.
- any of certain churches or chapels often visited by pilgrims, specif. by those seeking special spiritual help, cures, etc.
- any site or structure used in worship or devotion; esp., an area or a temple or templelike structure used in the worship of one or more deities
- a place or structure esteemed for its importance or centrality as in history or the arts
- a place or structure designed as a memorial to someone or something
Origin of shrineMiddle English schrin ; from Old English scrin ; from Classical Latin scrinium, chest, box, origin, originally , a round container ; from Indo-European an unverified form (s)krei- ; from base an unverified form (s)ker-, to turn: see shrink
- A place of religious devotion or commemoration, such as:a. a place where devotion is paid to a deity or deities, as in Shinto.b. the tomb of a saint or other venerated person.c. a location where an important event in the life of a holy person is thought to have occurred.
- A container or receptacle for sacred relics; a reliquary.
- A site hallowed by association with a revered person or object or with an important event: Independence Hall, shrine of American liberty.
transitive verbshrined shrined, shrin·ing, shrines
Origin of shrineMiddle English, from Old English scrīn, box, from Latin scrīnium, case for books or papers.
- A holy or sacred place dedicated to a specific deity, ancestor, hero, martyr, saint, or similar figure of awe and respect, at which said figure is venerated or worshipped.
- A case, box, or receptacle, especially one in which are deposited sacred relics, as the bones of a saint.
- A place or object hallowed from its history or associations.
- a shrine of art
(third-person singular simple present shrines, present participle shrining, simple past and past participle shrined)
From Middle English shryne, from Old English scrÄ«n (â€œreliquary, ark of the covenantâ€), from Latin scrÄ«nium (â€œcase or chest for books or papersâ€). Of unknown origin. Compare Old Norse skrÃn, Old High German skrÄ«ni.