iconostasis

noun

plural iconostases ˌī-kə-ˈnä-stə-ˌsēz How to pronounce iconostasis (audio)
(ˌ)ī-ˈkä-nə-ˌstä-
: a screen or partition with doors and tiers of icons that separates the bema from the nave in Eastern churches

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web A few meters away, a group walked down the majestic main staircase carrying a giant piece of sacred art, the 18th century Bohorodchany iconostasis. Bernat Armangué, USA TODAY, 7 Mar. 2022 Originally, the iconostasis hung inside a wooden church at the Manyava Orthodox Monastery in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, in what was then Polish Galicia. Joshua Hammer, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 May 2022 A few meters away, a group walked down the majestic main staircase carrying a giant piece of sacred art, the 18th century Bohorodchany iconostasis. Bernat Armangué, USA TODAY, 7 Mar. 2022 A few meters away, a group walked down the majestic main staircase carrying a giant piece of sacred art, the 18th century Bohorodchany iconostasis. Bernat Armangué, USA TODAY, 7 Mar. 2022 A few meters away, a group walked down the majestic main staircase carrying a giant piece of sacred art, the 18th century Bohorodchany iconostasis. Bernat Armangué, USA TODAY, 7 Mar. 2022 A few meters away, a group walked down the majestic main staircase carrying a giant piece of sacred art, the 18th century Bohorodchany iconostasis. Bernat Armangué, USA TODAY, 7 Mar. 2022 A few meters away, a group walked down the majestic main staircase carrying a giant piece of sacred art, the 18th century Bohorodchany iconostasis. Bernat Armangué, USA TODAY, 7 Mar. 2022 A few meters away, a group walked down the majestic main staircase carrying a giant piece of sacred art, the 18th century Bohorodchany iconostasis. Bernat Armangué, USA TODAY, 7 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

modification of Middle Greek eikonostasion, from Late Greek, shrine, from Greek eikono- + -stasion (from histanai to stand) — more at stand

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of iconostasis was in 1833

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Cite this Entry

“Iconostasis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/iconostasis. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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