altarpiece

[ awl-ter-pees ]
/ ˈɔl tərˌpis /
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noun

a painted or carved screen behind or above the altar or communion table in Christian churches; reredos.

Nearby words

  1. altar of repose,
  2. altar rail,
  3. altar server,
  4. altar stone,
  5. altarage,
  6. altay,
  7. altazimuth,
  8. altazimuth coordinate system,
  9. altazimuth mount,
  10. altazimuth mounting

Origin of altarpiece

First recorded in 1635–45; altar + piece

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British Dictionary definitions for altarpiece

altarpiece

/ (ˈɔːltəˌpiːs) /

noun

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