Easter sepulcher


: 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
: a tomb in medieval churches in which the altar crucifix was buried from Good Friday to Easter Sunday

Word History

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of Easter sepulcher was in 1840

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“Easter sepulcher.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Easter%20sepulcher. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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