1. 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.
2. A container or receptacle for sacred relics; a reliquary.
3. A site hallowed by association with a revered person or object or with an important event: Independence Hall, shrine of American liberty.
tr.v. shrined, shrin·ing, shrines
[Middle English, reliquary, shrine, from Old English scrīn, coffer for precious objects, reliquary, from Latin scrīnium, chest or case for books or papers, of unknown origin.]
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