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reredos

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noun rere·dos \ˈrer-ə-ˌdäs also ˈrir-ə-ˌdäs or ˈrir-ˌdäs\

Definition of reredos

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



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Origin and Etymology 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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