- a wooden framework, usually draped, on which the body in a coffin lies in state during an elaborate funeral
- R.C.Ch. a coffinlike structure used to represent the dead at a requiem Mass after the actual burial
Origin of catafalqueFrench from Italian catafalco, funeral canopy, stage; probably from Vulgar Latin an unverified form catafalicum, scaffold from cata- ( from Classical Greek kata, down) + an unverified form falicum from Classical Latin fala, wooden tower
- A decorated platform or framework on which a coffin rests in state during a funeral.
- Roman Catholic Church A coffin-shaped structure draped with a pall, used to represent the corpse at a Requiem Mass celebrated after the burial.
Origin of catafalqueFrench from Italian catafalco