From Middle English shryne, from Old English scrīn (“reliquary, ark of the covenant”), from Latin scrīnium (“case or chest for books or papers”). Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ker- (“to turn, bend”). Compare Old Norse skrín, Old High German skrīni (German Schrein).
shrine (plural shrines)
- A holy or sacred place dedicated to a specific deity, ancestor, hero, martyr, saint, or similar figure of awe and respect, at which said figure is venerated or worshipped.
- A case, box, or receptacle, especially one in which are deposited sacred relics, as the bones of a saint.
- (figuratively) A place or object hallowed from its history or associations.
- a shrine of art
- To enshrine; to place reverently, as if in a shrine.
- 1667, John Milton, “Book 6”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
- Shrined in his sanctuary.