Dictionary.com

retable

[ ri-tey-buhl, ree-tey- ]
/ rɪˈteɪ bəl, ˈriˌteɪ- /
Save This Word!

noun

a decorative structure raised above an altar at the back, often forming a frame for a picture, bas-relief, or the like, and sometimes including a shelf or shelves, as for ornaments.

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON “ITS” VS. “IT’S”!

Apostrophes can be tricky; prove you know the difference between it’s and its in this crafty quiz!
Question 1 of 12
On the farm, the feed for chicks is significantly different from the roosters’; ______ not even comparable.

Origin of retable

1815–25; <French, equivalent to Old French re(re) at the back (<Latin retrō) + tabletable; compare Medieval Latin retrōtabulum
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

British Dictionary definitions for retable

retable
/ (rɪˈteɪbəl) /

noun

an ornamental screenlike structure above and behind an altar, esp one used as a setting for a religious picture or carving
C19: from French, from Spanish retablo, from Latin retrō behind + tabula board; see rear 1, table
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Hate Typos? Get Grammar Coach