altar society


Definition of altar society

: an organization of female parishioners who voluntarily perform certain functions (such as caring for linens, providing floral arrangements, and holding church fund raisers) to maintain a church’s sanctuary … members of the altar society had purchased or refinished many of the items in the church—the tabernacle, ciborium, candlesticks, planters, decanter, pitcher, basin and holy water fonts, along with sewing baptismal bibs and maintaining the vestments and altar linens. — Elizabeth Moore, Times-Picayune (New Orleans), 3 Feb. 2000

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of altar society

1888, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about altar society

Time Traveler for altar society

Time Traveler

The first known use of altar society was in 1888

See more words from the same year

Statistics for altar society

Cite this Entry

“Altar society.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

Comments on altar society

What made you want to look up altar society? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Words of Snow and Ice Quiz

  • image1037863653
  • Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!