Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a place of worship hallowed by association with some sacred thing or person
  2. (verb, contact) enclose in a shrine

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Synonyms of Shrine


Alternate forms of Shrine

Derivations: shrine

Hyponyms: oracle, stupa, tope

Hypernyms: close in, enclose, house of god, house of prayer, house of worship, inclose, place of worship, shut in

Origin of the word Shrine

  1. O.E. scrin "ark of the covenant, case for relics," from L. scrinium "case or box for keeping papers," of unknown origin. A Shriner (1884) is a member of the Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (est. 1872). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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