reredos


rere·dos

noun \ˈrer-ə-ˌdäs also ˈrir-ə-ˌdäs or ˈrir-ˌdäs\

Definition of REREDOS

:  a usually ornamental wood or stone screen or partition wall behind an altar

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Origin of REREDOS

Middle English, from Anglo-French reredors, areredos, from arere behind + dos back, from Latin dorsum — more at arrear
First Known Use: 14th century

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Gothic, baroque, bas-relief, limn, oeuvre, pastiche, rococo, sfumato

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