antependium

[an-tee-pen-dee-uh m]

noun, plural an·te·pen·di·a [an-tee-pen-dee-uh] /ˌæn tiˈpɛn di ə/.

the decoration of the front of an altar, as a covering of silk or a painted panel.

Nearby words

  1. antenuptial,
  2. antenuptial marriage contract,
  3. anteorbital,
  4. antepartum,
  5. antepast,
  6. antepenult,
  7. antepenultimate,
  8. anteporch,
  9. anteportico,
  10. anteposition

Origin of antependium

From Medieval Latin, dating back to 1690–1700; see origin at ante-, pend, -ium

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British Dictionary definitions for antependium

antependium

noun plural -dia (-dɪə)

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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