reredos

noun
rere·​dos | \ ˈrer-ə-ˌdäs also ˈrir-ə-ˌdäs or ˈrir-ˌdäs How to pronounce reredos (audio) \

Definition of reredos

: a usually ornamental wood or stone screen or partition wall behind an altar

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Recent Examples on the Web Restorer Sofia Lobo discovered the bee nests, called cells, while cleaning the 20-foot-tall altarpiece, or reredos. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of reredos

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for reredos

Middle English, from Anglo-French reredors, areredos, from arere behind + dos back, from Latin dorsum — more at arrear

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“Reredos.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reredos. Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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