tabernacle

noun
tab·​er·​na·​cle | \ ˈta-bər-ˌna-kəl How to pronounce tabernacle (audio) \

Definition of tabernacle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : 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
3a often capitalized : a tent sanctuary used by the Israelites during the Exodus
b archaic : a dwelling place
c archaic : a temporary shelter : tent

tabernacle

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

Definition of tabernacle (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

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

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Other Words from tabernacle

Noun

tabernacular \ ˌta-​bər-​ˈna-​kyə-​lər How to pronounce tabernacle (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for tabernacle

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of tabernacle in a Sentence

Noun worshippers gathering at the Baptist tabernacle on a bright Sunday morning
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The old tabernacle turned temple is still the focal point of downtown. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Memories linger a decade after the huge Provo Tabernacle fire," 21 Dec. 2020 For comparison's sake: This is the same bible that included my Torah portion, Bamidbar, which was literally just about counting tribes around a sacred tabernacle. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "Hanukkah 2020: When it is and what to know (no, it's not the 'Jewish Christmas')," 10 Dec. 2020 For comparison's sake: This is the same bible that included my Torah portion, Bamidbar, which was literally just about counting tribes around a sacred tabernacle. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "Hanukkah 2020: When it is and what to know (no, it's not the 'Jewish Christmas')," 10 Dec. 2020 For comparison's sake: This is the same bible that included my Torah portion, Bamidbar, which was literally just about counting tribes around a sacred tabernacle. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "Hanukkah 2020: When it is and what to know (no, it's not the 'Jewish Christmas')," 10 Dec. 2020 For comparison's sake: This is the same bible that included my Torah portion, Bamidbar, which was literally just about counting tribes around a sacred tabernacle. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "Hanukkah 2020: When it is and what to know (no, it's not the 'Jewish Christmas')," 10 Dec. 2020 Father Lawrence placed the 40 books of the Bible on a church altar surrounding the tabernacle. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Rev. Richard T. Lawrence, former St. Vincent de Paul pastor and advocate for the poor, dies," 28 Nov. 2020 The service was outdoors, of course, in a small open-sided tabernacle built here in the Adirondacks, along the banks of the upper Hudson, in 1908, to serve a Methodist campground where congregations began meeting in 1871. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, "Back to Church—But Not, Let’s Hope, Back to Normal," 6 July 2020 Sidney Harman Hall has been transformed by director Whitney White and her designers into the Harlem storefront tabernacle from which Sister Margaret Alexander — in the person of a riveting Mia Ellis — guides her restive flock. Washington Post, "12 things to do in the D.C. area this weekend," 12 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of tabernacle

Noun

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

Verb

1653, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tabernacle

Noun

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

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

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“Tabernacle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tabernacle. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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tabernacle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tabernacle

: a place of worship that is used by some Christian groups
: a box in which the holy bread and wine are kept in a Catholic church
: a small, movable tent that was used as a place of worship by the ancient Israelites

tabernacle

noun
tab·​er·​na·​cle | \ ˈta-bər-ˌna-kəl How to pronounce tabernacle (audio) \

Kids Definition of tabernacle

1 : a place of worship
2 often capitalized : a tent used as a place of worship by the ancient Israelites during their wanderings in the wilderness with Moses

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