antependium

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noun an·te·pen·di·um \ˌan-ti-ˈpen-dē-əm\

Definition of antependium

plural

antependiums

or

antependia

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  1. :  a hanging for the front of an altar, pulpit, or lectern

Origin and Etymology of antependium

Medieval Latin, from Latin ante- + pendēre to hang — more at pendant


First Known Use: 1635


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