[an-tee-pen-dee-uh m]
noun, plural an·te·pen·di·a [an-tee-pen-dee-uh] /ˌæn tiˈpɛn di ə/.
  1. the decoration of the front of an altar, as a covering of silk or a painted panel.

Origin of antependium

From Medieval Latin, dating back to 1690–1700; see origin at ante-, pend, -ium Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for antependium


noun plural -dia (-dɪə)
  1. a covering hung over the front of an altar

Word Origin for antependium

C17: from Medieval Latin, from Latin ante- + pendēre to hang
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