reredos

[reer-dos, reer-i-, rair-i-]
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Origin of reredos

1325–75; Middle English, alteration of Anglo-French areredos, equivalent to Middle French arere behind (see arrear) + dos back (< Latin dorsum)
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Related Words for reredos

shrine, font, tabernacle, reredos, chantry, retable

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British Dictionary definitions for reredos

reredos

noun
  1. a screen or wall decoration at the back of an altar, in the form of a hanging, tapestry, painting, or piece of metalwork or sculpture
  2. another word for fireback (def. 1)

Word Origin for reredos

C14: from Old French areredos, from arere behind + dos back, from Latin dorsum
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Word Origin and History for reredos
n.

"screen behind an altar," late 14c., from Anglo-French rere-, archaic comb. form of rear (n.), + dos "back" (see dossier). Klein's sources suggest it is aphetic of Anglo-French areredos, from Old French arere "at the back" (Modern French arrière).

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