Rel·ic n. [Formerly written also relique.]
1. That which remains; that which is left after loss or decay; a remaining portion; a remnant.
The relics of lost innocence. --Kebe.
The fragments, scraps, the bits and greasy relics. --Shak.
2. The body from which the soul has departed; a corpse; especially, the body, or some part of the body, of a deceased saint or martyr; -- usually in the plural when referring to the whole body.
There are very few treasuries of relics in Italy that have not a tooth or a bone of this saint. --Addison.
Thy relics, Rowe, to this fair urn we trust,
And sacred place by Dryden's awful dust. --Pope.
3. Hence, a memorial; anything preserved in remembrance; as, relics of youthful days or friendships.
The pearls were spilt;
Some lost, some stolen, some as relics kept. --Tennyson.
n 1: an antiquity that has survived from the distant past
2: something of sentimental value [syn: keepsake, souvenir,