retable

noun
re·​ta·​ble | \ ˈrē-ˌtā-bəl How to pronounce retable (audio) , rē-ˈtā- \

Definition of retable

: a raised shelf above an altar for the altar cross, lights, and flowers

First Known Use of retable

1817, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for retable

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

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“Retable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/retable. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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