Definition of retable
: a raised shelf above an altar for the altar cross, lights, and flowers
Origin and Etymology of retable
French, from Middle French, modification of Old Occitan retaule, alteration of reretaule, ultimately from Latin retro- + tabula board, tablet
First Known Use: 1817
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