tabernacle

[tab-er-nak-uh l]
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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.

Nearby words

  1. tabbinet,
  2. tabbouleh,
  3. tabbouli,
  4. tabby,
  5. taber,
  6. tabernacle frame,
  7. tabernacle mirror,
  8. tabernacles,
  9. tabernacles, feast of,
  10. tabes

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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British Dictionary definitions for tabernacles

Tabernacles

pl n

Judaism an English name for Sukkoth

tabernacle

noun

(often capital) Old Testament
  1. the portable sanctuary in the form of a tent in which the ancient Israelites carried the Ark of the Covenant (Exodus 25–27)
  2. the Jewish Temple regarded as the shrine of the divine presence
Judaism an English word for sukkah
a meeting place for worship used by Mormons or Nonconformists
a small ornamented cupboard or box used for the reserved sacrament of the Eucharist
the human body regarded as the temporary dwelling of the soul
mainly RC Church a canopied niche or recess forming the shrine of a statue
nautical a strong framework for holding the foot of a mast stepped on deck, allowing it to be swung down horizontally to pass under low bridges, etc
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 tabernacles

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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