re·​ta·​ble ˈrē-ˌtā-bəl How to pronounce retable (audio)
: a raised shelf above an altar for the altar cross, lights, and flowers

Word History


French, from Middle French, modification of Old Occitan retaule, alteration of reretaule, ultimately from Latin retro- + tabula board, tablet

First Known Use

1817, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of retable was in 1817

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“Retable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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