reredos [ reer-dos, reer-i-, rair-i-] noun 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. Origin of reredos 1325–75; Middle English,
Middle French arere
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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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