ADJ. ancient | last It was the last relic of the old system. | historic/historical | precious | holy, religious, sacred, saintly
VERB + RELIC discover The relics were discovered in a lead box in the ruins of an abbey. | shelter A shrine was constructed to shelter the relics. | remove The duke secretly removed the relics from the reliquary.
RELIC + VERB survive This silver belt buckle is the only relic of the imprisoned soldiers that survives.
PREP. ~ from Most of these guns are relics from the Boer War.
PHRASES a relic of an age/a time relics of a bygone age a relic of the time when people travelled by horse and carriage | a relic of the past They believe that hunting is a relic of the past and are calling for it to be banned.