noun re·ta·ble \ˈrē-ˌtā-bəl, rē-ˈ\

Definition of retable

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

Origin and Etymology of retable

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

First Known Use: 1817

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