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altar

noun, al·tar often attributive \ˈl-tər\

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

Pentateuch, blasphemy, curate, doxology, eremite, iconoclasm, liturgy, orison, pneuma, reliquary

Rhymes with ALTAR

ALTAR Defined for Kids

altar

noun al·tar \ˈl-tər\

Definition of ALTAR for Kids

1
:  a platform or table used as a center of worship
2
:  a usually raised place on which sacrifices are offered
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