an·​te·​pen·​di·​um ˌan-ti-ˈpen-dē-əm How to pronounce antependium (audio)
plural antependiums or antependia ˌan-ti-ˈpen-dē-ə How to pronounce antependium (audio)
: a hanging for the front of an altar, pulpit, or lectern

Word History


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

First Known Use

1594, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of antependium was in 1594

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Cite this Entry

“Antependium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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