noun ico·nos·ta·sis \ˌī-kə-ˈnä-stə-səs, (ˌ)ī-ˈkä-nə-ˌstä-səs\

Definition of iconostasis



play \ˌī-kə-ˈnä-stə-ˌsēz, (ˌ)ī-ˈkä-nə-ˌstä-\
  1. :  a screen or partition with doors and tiers of icons that separates the bema from the nave in Eastern churches

Origin and Etymology of iconostasis

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

First Known Use: 1833

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