Pronunciation: (rel'ik),[key] —n. 1. a surviving memorial of something past.
2. an object having interest by reason of its age or its association with the past: a museum of historic relics. 3. a surviving trace of something: a custom that is a relic of paganism. 4. relics, a. remaining parts or fragments.
b. the remains of a deceased person.
5. something kept in remembrance; souvenir; memento.
6. Eccles.(esp. in the Roman Catholic and Greek churches) the body, a part of the body, or some personal memorial of a saint, martyr, or other sacred person, preserved as worthy of veneration.
7. a once widespread linguistic form that survives in a limited area but is otherwise obsolete.