- 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 (“reliquary, ark of the covenant"), from Latin scrÄ«nium (“case or chest for books or papers"). Of unknown origin. Compare Old Norse skrÃn, Old High German skrÄ«ni.