altar rail

noun

Definition of altar rail

: a railing in front of an altar separating the chancel from the body of the church

Examples of altar rail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bricks in the house walls, the flooring in the attic, the altar rail at the top of the kitchen stairs, and the windows in the outbuildings are all recycled from the church. David Buie, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 23 Oct. 2021 Her late father, Frederick Harrison of Waterbury, was mentioned during the Mass. His picture and medals were displayed behind the altar rail as were photographs and other items about Father Conway. Bill Leukhardt, Courant Community, 9 Apr. 2018 Her late father, Frederick Harrison of Waterbury, was mentioned during the Mass. His picture and medals were displayed behind the altar rail as were photographs and other items about Father Conway. Bill Leukhardt, Courant Community, 9 Apr. 2018 Attendees kneel at an altar rail when receiving communion. Jonathan M. Pitts, baltimoresun.com, 14 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of altar rail

1705, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of altar rail was in 1705

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“Altar rail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/altar%20rail. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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