- The definition of an altar is an elevated place where religious rituals are performed.
The place where a Catholic priest stands during the Mass is an example of an altar.
A Christian altar.
altar definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English alter ; from Old English altare and amp; Old French alter; both ; from Classical Latin altare, high altar ; from altus, high: see altitude
altar definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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: Middle English auter, from Old English altar and Old French auter, both from Latin altāre.
altar - Phrases/Idioms
lead to the altar