Schrein

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German schrīn, from Old High German scrīn, from Latin scrīnium. Cognate with Dutch schrijn, English shrine. In older German, Schrein meant exclusively a case or box; the sense “sanctuary” is likely influenced by the English word.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ʃʁaɪ̯n/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aɪ̯n

Noun[edit]

Schrein m (strong, genitive Schreines or Schreins, plural Schreine)

  1. (archaic) a wooden case or box; a cupboard (in general)
  2. (also religion) an ornate case, typically but not necessarily wooden, to hold valuable things, especially relics
  3. (religion) a sanctuary, especially non-Christian, dedicated to some saint or deity

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Further reading[edit]

  • Schrein” in Duden online
  • Schrein” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache