an ornamental screen or partition wall behind an altar in a church
Origin of reredosMiddle English rerdos, aphetic ; from Anglo-French areredos ; from Old French arere (see arrears) + dos, back (see dosser)
- A decorative screen or facing on the wall at the back of an altar.
- The back of an open hearth of a fireplace.
Origin of reredosMiddle English, from Anglo-Norman, from areredos : arere, behind (Latin ad-, ad- + Latin retr&omacron;, backward; see re- in Indo-European roots) + dos, back (from Latin dorsum).