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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How to use reredos in a sentence
On the north side is part of a fourteenth-century reredos, probably that which stood behind the high altar.Bell's Cathedrals: A Short Account of Romsey Abbey | Thomas Perkins
Traces of colour are to be seen in the reredos and the roof over it.Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Gloucester [2nd ed.] | H. J. L. J. Mass
There is a good tower-arch, a five-shafted font, and excellent wagon-shaped roofs; chancel-screen and reredos are modern.The Cornwall Coast | Arthur L. Salmon
In the Lutheran churches, though the Mass was gone, reredos and crucifix remained untouched.History of the English People | John Richard Green
He became a constant guest at the castle, and Lady Montfort presented his church with a reredos of alabaster.Endymion | Benjamin Disraeli
British Dictionary definitions for reredos
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)
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