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[ ahy-kuh-nos-tuh-sis ]
/ ˌaɪ kəˈnɒs tə sɪs /

noun, plural i·co·nos·ta·ses [ahy-kuh-nos-tuh-seez] /ˌaɪ kəˈnɒs təˌsiz/. Eastern Church.

a partition or screen on which icons are placed, separating the sanctuary from the main part of the church.

Nearby words

iconolatry, iconology, iconomatic, iconophile, iconoscope, iconostasis, icosahedron, icositetrahedron, icp, icq, ics
Also i·con·o·stas [ahy-kon-uh-stas] /aɪˈkɒn əˌstæs/.

Origin of iconostasis

From Medieval Greek, dating back to 1825–35; see origin at icono-, stasis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for iconostasis


iconostas (aɪˈkɒnəˌstæs)

/ (ˌaɪkəʊˈnɒstəsɪs) /

noun plural iconostases (ˌaɪkəʊˈnɒstəˌsiːz, aɪˈkɒnəˌstæsɪz)

Eastern Churches a screen with doors and icons set in tiers, which separates the bema (sanctuary) from the nave

Word Origin for iconostasis

C19: Church Latin, from Late Greek eikonostasion shrine, literally: area where images are placed, from icono- + histanai to stand
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