tabernacle

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noun

tab·​er·​na·​cle ˈta-bər-ˌna-kəl How to pronounce tabernacle (audio)
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: a house of worship
specifically : a large building or tent used for evangelistic services
2
: a receptacle for the consecrated elements of the Eucharist
especially : an ornamental locked box used for reserving the Communion hosts
3
a
often capitalized : a tent sanctuary used by the Israelites during the Exodus
b
archaic : a dwelling place
c
archaic : a temporary shelter : tent
tabernacular adjective

tabernacle

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verb

tabernacled; tabernacling ˈta-bər-ˌna-k(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce tabernacle (audio)

intransitive verb

: to take up temporary residence
especially : to inhabit a physical body

Examples of tabernacle in a Sentence

Noun worshippers gathering at the Baptist tabernacle on a bright Sunday morning
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin tabernaculum, from Latin, tent, from taberna hut

First Known Use

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

Verb

1653, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tabernacle was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Tabernacle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tabernacle. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

tabernacle

noun
tab·​er·​na·​cle
ˈtab-ər-ˌnak-əl
1
a
often capitalized : a tent used as a place of worship by the Israelites during their wanderings in the wilderness with Moses
b
archaic : a dwelling place
2
: a locked box used to hold Communion breads
3
: a house of worship

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