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altarpiece

[awl-ter-pees]
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noun
  1. a painted or carved screen behind or above the altar or communion table in Christian churches; reredos.
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Origin of altarpiece

First recorded in 1635–45; altar + piece
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altarpiece

noun
  1. a work of art set above and behind an altar; a reredos
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