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altar

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noun al·tar \ˈȯl-tər\

Simple Definition of altar

  • : a raised place on which sacrifices and gifts are offered in some religions

  • : a platform or table used as a center of worship in Christian ceremonies and services

Full Definition of altar

  1. 1 :  a usually raised structure or place on which sacrifices are offered or incense is burned in worship —often used figuratively to describe a thing given great or undue precedence or value especially at the cost of something else <sacrificed his family life on the altar of career advancement>

  2. 2 :  a table on which the eucharistic elements are consecrated or which serves as a center of worship or ritual

Origin of altar

Middle English alter, from Old English altar, from Latin altare; probably akin to Latin adolēre to burn up


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Christian Religious Terms

Rhymes with altar



ALTAR Defined for Kids

altar

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noun al·tar \ˈȯl-tər\

Definition of altar

  1. 1 :  a platform or table used as a center of worship

  2. 2 :  a usually raised place on which sacrifices are offered





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