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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Origin and Etymology of reredos

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

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