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English definition of “relic”

relic

noun [C]     /ˈrel.ɪk/
an object, tradition, or system from the past that continues to exist: During the dig, the archaeological team found some relics from the Stone Age. The country's employment system is a relic of the 1960s when jobs were scarce.Things remaining a part of the body or something that belonged to a holy person: These bones are the relics of a 12th-century saint.Religious objects
(Definition of relic noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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