Then he led her carefully, slowly, down the steps of the catafalque, led her out of the hall.
The catafalque bore a notice to the effect that he had abjured heresy.
At last is seen the coffin, made of oak about two and a half inches thick, and placed on a catafalque.
The whole appearance of the catafalque was tasteful and elegant.
The burning of the catafalque by the Tho calls to mind a curious burial rite observed in some places in France.
With inimitable grace she knelt down on one side of the catafalque.
Under a great bronze lamp stood the catafalque, covered with the Stars and Stripes and guarded by the men of the fleet.
I failed to quell it, as every catafalque, however brave and resolute, has failed yet.
For a moment I had a notion to ask a catafalque of the romantic Marquise.
I'm not a catafalque, Chlorine, so it—it can't interfere with me.
1640s, from French catafalque (17c.), from Italian catafalco "scaffold," from Vulgar Latin *catafalicum, from Greek kata- "down" (see cata-), used in Medieval Latin with a sense of "beside, alongside" + fala "scaffolding, wooden siege tower," a word said to be of Etruscan origin. The Medieval Latin word also yielded Old French chaffaut, chafaud (Modern French échafaud) "scaffold."