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altar cloth

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  1. a cloth covering for an altar.

Origin of altar cloth

Middle English word dating back to 1150–1200
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Examples from the Web for altar cloth

Historical Examples

  • She went to the window and drew back the Persian altar-cloth.

    Peak and Prairie

    Anna Fuller

  • He stood in the middle of the room, staring from Venus to altar-cloth, from altar-cloth to censer.

    Peak and Prairie

    Anna Fuller

  • I was disappointed, and could not feel that there was any martyrdom in making an altar-cloth.

    The Days of My Life

    Mrs. Oliphant

  • One of them embroiders a church banner, another an altar-cloth.

  • The altar-cloth one, Jean, is my age, the other three are older.

    Red Hair

    Elinor Glyn

British Dictionary definitions for altar cloth

altar cloth

  1. Christianity the cloth used for covering an altar: often applied also to the frontal
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