• WordNet 3.6
    • v shrine enclose in a shrine "the saint's bones were enshrined in the cathedral"
    • n shrine a place of worship hallowed by association with some sacred thing or person
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Shrine A case, box, or receptacle, especially one in which are deposited sacred relics, as the bones of a saint.
    • Shrine A place or object hallowed from its history or associations; as, a shrine of art.
    • Shrine Any sacred place, as an altar, tromb, or the like. "Too weak the sacred shrine guard."
    • Shrine Short for Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, a secret fraternal organization professedly originated by one Kalif Alu, a son-in-law of Mohammed, at Mecca, in the year of the Hegira 25 (about 646 a. d.) In the modern order, established in the United States in 1872, only Knights Templars or thirty-second degree Masons are eligible for admission, though the order itself is not Masonic. A member of the order is popularly called a Shriner, and the order itself is sometimes called the Shriners.
    • v. t Shrine To enshrine; to place reverently, as in a shrine. "Shrined in his sanctuary."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n shrine A box; an ark; a chest.
    • n shrine A box for holding the bones of saints or other sacred relics; a reliquary. Portable shrines containing relics were commonly arched boxes covered with precious metal, enamels, and engraving, and in churches were generally placed near the altar. See cut under monstrance.
    • n shrine Hence A tomb of a canonized or other sacred person; the mausoleum of a saint; a tomb of shrine-like configuration.
    • n shrine An altar, small chapel or temple, or other sacred object or place peculiarly consecrated to and supposed to be hallowed by the presence of some deity, saint, mythological hero, or other personality reputed sacred. See cut on following page, and cut under octastyle.
    • n shrine Erroneously, an image.
    • n shrine Metaphorically, a thing or place hallowed and consecrated by its history or past associations, or supposed to be the incarnation of some object of worship.
    • n shrine A charnel-house.
    • shrine To place in a shrine; enshrine; hence, figuratively, to deify or canonize.
    • shrine To inclose in something suggestive of the great preciousness of what is inclosed: as, the jewel was shrined in a velvet casket.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Shrine shrīn a case or reliquary for relics: a sacred place: an altar: anything hallowed by its associations
    • v.t Shrine to enshrine
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  • Charles Buck
    Charles Buck
    “Their kitchen is their shrine, the cook their priest, the table their altar, and their belly their god.”
  • Edwin Markham
    “I fear the vermin that shall undermineSenate and citadel and school and shrine.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. schrin, AS. scrīn, from L. scrinium, a case, chest, box


In literature:

But still I thank their courtesy or thine, 1050 That would confess me at so fair a shrine!
"The Works Of Lord Byron, Vol. 3 (of 7)" by Lord Byron
In later years, many candles burned before her shrine; and it served to keep within her heart one spot inviolate.
"The Genius" by Margaret Horton Potter
But if she has a daughter she may at once and always eat wheat without visiting the shrine.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
The custodians of the church and the shrine were seized and cast into prison, where they lay till the day of their trial.
"A Child's Book of Saints" by William Canton
The hut was a shrine.
"Divinity" by William Morrison
Subsequently she was restored to her shrine at Antipolo.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
Even now he prays thrice daily before her ihai on the shrine.
"The Dragon Painter" by Mary McNeil Fenollosa
The church fostered the ideas of exorcism and the cures by relics and shrines, and deprecated the use of medicine.
"Three Thousand Years of Mental Healing" by George Barton Cutten
It was the Countess's custom to spend her afternoon, when the day was fine, in visiting some shrine or abbey.
"A Forgotten Hero" by Emily Sarah Holt
Beauty is the shrine of its worship, and beauty is not morality.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

Time sunders hearts as of brethren whose eyes behold
No more their mother:
But a cry sounds yet from the shrine whose fires wax cold,
Alas my brother!
"Mourning" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
God, and his good strength be thine,
Mother-tended little one!
Thou, within that circling shrine,
I, upon the foaming brine,
Need it ever,—little one!
"The Oceanides XI" by Mary Jane Jewsbury
"For wretches doom'd in other griefs to pine,
Oft will benignant hope her ray impart;
And pity oft from her celestial shrine
Drop a warm tear upon the fainting heart:
"Euphelia" by Helen Maria Williams
For love has sworn (I heard the awful vow)
The wav'ring heart shall never be his care,
That stoops at any baser shrine to bow :
And what he cannot rule, he scorns to share.
"Delia, An Elegy" by Anna Laetitia Aikin Barbauld
Yet, thou, Virginia! art a prouder land,
For when thy hills become red shrines to Right;
Thy plains become the spots, where, smiling, stand,
The angels, gentle Peace and true Delight.
"Virginia" by James Avis Bartley
"That, at the Holy Virgin's shrine
"Three Lamps should burn for ever—
"That, ev'ry month, the bell should toll,
"For pray'rs to save her Husband's soul—
"I shall forget it, never!"
"Golfre, Gothic Swiss Tale" by Mary Darby Robinson

In news:

Along with her teaching, she has been commissioned to provide arrangements in temples, shrines, museums and public spaces throughout Japan.
Father Armando Palmieri normally tends to his parishioners at the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Solace, but after.
A neighbor brings flowers to a shrine for Julio Villalobos at this busy intersection of Canal St and Medway Rd.
Our first Jingle Ball/2nd Chance Prom at the Shrine with the Clintons is tonight, December 8.
Goldenvoice to book, operate and renovate Shrine Auditorium .
In this Sunday, Dec 2, 2012 file photo, reporter Anderson Cooper arrives at CNN Heroes at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
Highlights from South Carolina's Monday and Tuesday Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas practices at Spartanburg High School.
Michael Kirby / Auburn Journal Locals, from left, Jack Beeman, Zane McDade, Dallan Trentman, Alex Houston, Riley Mispley and Mason Hurst are representing California in a Youth Shrine Bowl in Orlando this weekend.
Brandon McGee to play in East/West Shrine Game.
Inside the statue will be a shrine that will hold a collection of more tha...
8 selected to Shrine game.
Eight from area in Shrine game.
The casket of Chicago firefighter Captain Herbert Johnson is carried down the steps of St Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel.
Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa are set to show up on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time, and fans will soon find out whether drug allegations block the former stars from reaching baseball's shrine.
The most polarizing Hall of Fame debate since Pete Rose will now be decided by the baseball shrine's voters: Do Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa belong in Cooperstown despite drug allegations that tainted their huge numbers.