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iconostasis

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noun ico·nos·ta·sis \ˌī-kə-ˈnäs-tə-səs, (ˌ)ī-ˈkä-nə-ˌstä-səs\

Definition of iconostasis

plural iconostasesplay \-ˌsēz\

  1. :  a screen or partition with doors and tiers of icons that separates the bema from the nave in Eastern churches



Origin of iconostasis

modification of Middle Greek eikonostasion, from Late Greek, shrine, from Greek eikono- + -stasion (from histanai to stand) — more at stand


First Known Use: 1833


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