ico·​nos·​ta·​sis | \ ˌī-kə-ˈnä-stə-səs How to pronounce iconostasis (audio) , (ˌ)ī-ˈkä-nə-ˌstä-səs How to pronounce iconostasis (audio) \
plural iconostases\ ˌī-​kə-​ˈnä-​stə-​ˌsēz How to pronounce iconostasis (audio) , (ˌ)ī-​ˈkä-​nə-​ˌstä-​ \

Definition of iconostasis

: a screen or partition with doors and tiers of icons that separates the bema from the nave in Eastern churches

Examples of iconostasis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His mother filled their home with icons, and the family attended St. John Chrysostom Byzantine Catholic Church, where a large iconostasis stands by the altar. John J. Miller, National Review, 19 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of iconostasis

1833, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for iconostasis

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

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“Iconostasis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/iconostasis. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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