Easter sepulcher

noun

Definition of Easter sepulcher

1 : a shallow recess in the north side of the chancel in some churches in which formerly the sacred elements were reserved from Maundy Thursday to Easter
2 : a tomb in medieval churches in which the altar crucifix was buried from Good Friday to Easter Sunday

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First Known Use of Easter sepulcher

1840, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Easter sepulcher.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Easter%20sepulcher. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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