bema

noun
be·​ma | \ ˈbē-mə How to pronounce bema (audio) \

Definition of bema

1 : the usually raised part of an Eastern church containing the altar
2 : bimah

First Known Use of bema

1683, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bema

Late Latin & Late Greek; Late Latin, from Late Greek bēma, from Greek, step, tribunal, from bainein to go — more at come

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