also  ˈrir-ə-ˌdäs,
ˈrir-ˌdäs How to pronounce reredos (audio)
: a usually ornamental wood or stone screen or partition wall behind an altar

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Examples of reredos in a Sentence

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reredos was in the 14th century

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“Reredos.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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