A Christian altar.
The place where a Catholic priest stands during the Mass is an example of an altar.
- a place, esp. a raised platform, where sacrifices or offerings are made to a god, an ancestor, etc.
- a table, stand, etc. used for sacred purposes in a place of worship, as the Communion table in Christian churches
Origin of altarMiddle English alter from Old English altare and Old French alter; both from Classical Latin altare, high altar from altus, high: see altitude
lead to the altar
- An elevated place or structure before which religious ceremonies may be enacted or upon which sacrifices may be offered.
- A structure, typically a table, before which the divine offices are recited and upon which the Eucharist is celebrated in Christian churches.
Origin of altarMiddle English auter from Old English altar Old French auter both from Latin altāre
From Latin altare (“altar”), probably related to adolere (“burn”); thus "burning place", influenced by a false connection with altus (“high”).