An object venerated because of its association with a saint or other religious figure. Many would go on pilgrimage to visit the sites of relics.
Related term(s): Saint; Pilgrimage
Category: Western Christianity
Contributor(s): Natalie Kohout
Source information: Hollister, C. Warren and Judith M. Bennett. Medieval History: A Short History. 9th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2002.