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relicnoun [C]

uk   /ˈrel.ɪk/  us   /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.
a part of the body or something that belonged to a holy person: These bones are the relics of a 12th-century saint.
(Definition of relic from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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 its meaning 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 (= holy person), or something that belonged to a saint.
(Definition of relic from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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