- A place where devotion is paid to a deity or deities, as in Shinto.
- The tomb of a saint or other venerated person.
- A location where an important event in the life of a holy person is thought to have occurred.
Independence Hall, shrine of American liberty.
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 shrine of art.
Other Word Forms
Origin of shrine
- Middle English from Old English scrīn box from Latin scrīnium case for books or papers
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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 skrín, Old High German skrÄ«ni.