What does the word reliquary mean?

Usage examples for reliquary

  1. This reliquary used to be carried in procession by Serra on each fourth of November, and is now used by Father Mestris in like ceremonials. – The Old Franciscan Missions Of California by George Wharton James
  2. Having discovered the bones of St. Alban and placed them in a costly reliquary, Offa conveyed them to this church, intending to erect a nobler edifice for their reception; but it is doubtful whether the design was carried out during his lifetime. – Hertfordshire by Herbert W Tompkins
  3. The four cardinal virtues in oak were executed for the abbey church of St. Genevieve: they were originally covered with stucco and held on high the saint's reliquary. – The Story of Paris by Thomas Okey