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noun pre·del·la \pri-ˈde-lə\

Definition of predella

  1. :  the base of an altarpiece; especially :  one containing decorated panels depicting scenes related to the main panel or panels

Origin and Etymology of predella

Italian, footrest, altar step, predella, from Langobardic (Germanic language of the Lombards) *predel-, *pretel-, lath, board; akin to Old High German bret board, bort plank, ship's side — more at board

First Known Use: 1853

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