tabernacle

[ tab-er-nak-uh l ]
/ ˈtæb ərˌnæk əl /

noun

verb (used with or without object), tab·er·nac·led, tab·er·nac·ling.

to place or dwell in, or as if in, a tabernacle.

Origin of tabernacle

1200–50; Middle English < Late Latin tabernāculum, Latin: tent, equivalent to tabern(a) hut, stall, inn (cf. tavern) + -āculum, probably extracted from hibernāculum winter quarters (see hibernaculum)
Related formstab·er·nac·u·lar [tab-er-nak-yuh-ler] /ˌtæb ərˈnæk yə lər/, adjectiveun·tab·er·nac·led, adjective
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tabernacle

/ (ˈtæbəˌnækəl) /

noun

Derived Formstabernacular, adjective

Word Origin for tabernacle

C13: from Latin tabernāculum a tent, from taberna a hut; see tavern
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Word Origin and History for tabernacle

tabernacle


n.

mid-13c., "portable sanctuary carried by the Israelites in the wilderness," from Old French tabernacle (12c.), from Latin tabernaculum "tent," especially "a tent of an augur" (for taking observations), diminutive of taberna "hut, cabin, booth" (see tavern). Transferred late 14c. to the Temple in Jerusalem (which continued its function). Sense of "house of worship" first recorded 1690s. The Jewish Feast of Tabernacles (mid-October) was observed as a thanksgiving for harvest.

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