retable


re·ta·ble

noun \ˈrē-ˌtā-bəl, rē-ˈ\

Definition of RETABLE

:  a raised shelf above an altar for the altar cross, lights, and flowers

Origin of RETABLE

French, from Middle French, modification of Old Occitan retaule, alteration of reretaule, ultimately from Latin retro- + tabula board, tablet
First Known Use: circa 1823

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