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tabernacle

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noun tab·er·na·cle \ ˈta-bər-ˌna-kəl \

Definition of tabernacle

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
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

play \ˌta-bər-ˈna-kyə-lər\ adjective

Examples of tabernacle in a Sentence

  1. worshippers gathering at the Baptist tabernacle on a bright Sunday morning

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Origin and Etymology of tabernacle

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

tabernacle Synonyms

Synonyms
kirk [chiefly Scottish], church, temple
Related Words
abbey, bethel, cathedral, chapel, minster, mission, oratory, sanctuary, shrine; meetinghouse; mosque, pagoda, shul, synagogue (also synagog)

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tabernacle

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Definition of tabernacle

tabernacled; tabernacling play \-ˌna-k(ə-)liŋ\
intransitive verb
:to take up temporary residence; especially :to inhabit a physical body

First Known Use of tabernacle

1653



TABERNACLE Defined for English Language Learners

tabernacle

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Definition of tabernacle for English Language Learners

  • : 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

  • the Tabernacle : a small, movable tent that was used as a place of worship by the ancient Israelites


TABERNACLE Defined for Kids

tabernacle

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noun tab·er·na·cle \ ˈta-bər-ˌna-kəl \

Definition of tabernacle for Students

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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