reredos

noun
rere·​dos | \ ˈrer-ə-ˌdäs also ˈrir-ə-ˌdäs or ˈrir-ˌdäs \

Definition of reredos 

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

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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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