pre·​del·​la pri-ˈde-lə How to pronounce predella (audio)
: the base of an altarpiece
especially : one containing decorated panels depicting scenes related to the main panel or panels

Examples of predella in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Saint Leopold and the predella appear to have been executed by another artist in the 1510s. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Jan. 2020 The companion predella paintings, once attributed to Lorenzo di Credi, are now thought to be partly the work of Leonardo da Vinci., 9 Mar. 2018

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Word History


Italian, footrest, altar step, predella, from Langobardic (Germanic language of the Lombards) *predel-, *pretel-, lath, board; akin to Old High German bret board, bort plank, ship's side — more at board entry 1

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of predella was in 1853

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Cite this Entry

“Predella.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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