high altar


: the principal altar in a church

Examples of high altar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The limestone Gothic structure was built in phases, with the high altar, choir and western façade completed first. Julia Binswanger, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 June 2024 While digging in the quire, a space at the cathedral’s center that houses its choir stalls, high altar and bishop’s throne, researchers unearthed the original foundations of a 12th-century altar, a medieval crypt and the empty tombs of two bishops. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Dec. 2023 Experts made the finds while excavating the cathedral’s quire, a space at the church’s center that houses its choir stalls, high altar and bishop’s throne. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Aug. 2023 The foundations of Exeter’s high altar—the most important and usually largest altar in a church—were laid during the original construction 900 years ago. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Aug. 2023 On Christmas Day in 1950, the stone was taken by Scottish nationalists from Westminster but was recovered a few months later 500 miles (800 km) away on the high altar of Arbroath Abbey in Scotland. Reuters, NBC News, 28 Apr. 2023 The gold of the high altar. Peter Ross, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Apr. 2023 His coronation chair will stand on the intricate floor in front of the abbey’s high altar. Victoria Bisset, Washington Post, 24 Mar. 2023 The Dean will then place them on a high altar. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 19 Sep. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of high altar was before the 12th century

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“High altar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high%20altar. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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