[ reer-dos, reer-i-, rair-i- ]
/ ˈrɪər dɒs, ˈrɪər ɪ-, ˈrɛər ɪ- /


a screen or a decorated part of the wall behind an altar in a church.
the back of a fireplace or of a medieval open hearth.



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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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for reredos

/ (ˈrɪədɒs) /


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
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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