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Meaning of “relic” in the English Dictionary

"relic" in British English

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relicnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈrel.ɪk/
an ​object, ​tradition, or ​system from the past that ​continues to ​exist: During the ​dig, the ​archaeologicalteamfound some relics from the Stone Age. The country's ​employmentsystem is a relic of the 1960s when ​jobs were ​scarce. a ​part of the ​body or something that ​belonged to a ​holyperson: These ​bones are the relics of a 12th-century ​saint.
(Definition of relic from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"relic" in American English

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relicnoun [C]

 us   /ˈrel·ɪk/
an ​object from the past, esp. one that has no ​modern use but is often valued for ​itsmeaning or ​importance in ​history: The ​ship was a relic of the Spanish-American War. A relic is also a ​part of the ​body or ​clothing of a ​saint (= ​holyperson), or something that ​belonged to a ​saint.
(Definition of relic from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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