The Mormon Temple is an example of a tabernacle.
- An example of a tabernacle is a church.
- An example of a tabernacle is the body of a person including their soul.
The definition of a tabernacle is a place of worship.
- a temporary shelter, as a tent
- a dwelling place
- the human body considered as the dwelling place of the soul
- a shrine, niche, etc. with a canopy
- a place of worship, esp. one with a large seating capacity
- [T-] the portable sanctuary carried by the Jews during the Exodus: Ex. 25, 26, 27
- Eccles. a cabinetlike enclosure for consecrated Hosts, usually at the center of an altar
Origin of tabernacleMiddle English from Ecclesiastical Late Latin tabernaculum, the Jewish tabernacle (transl. of Classical Hebrew (language) ohel in ohel-moed, tent of meeting) from L, tent, diminutive of taberna, hut, shed, tavern
intransitive verb-·led, -·ling
to dwell temporarily
to place in or as in a tabernacle
- often Tabernacle Bible The portable sanctuary in which the Jews housed the Ark of the Covenant during their years in the desert.
- often Tabernacle A case or box on a church altar containing the consecrated host and wine of the Eucharist.
- A place of worship.
- A niche for a statue or relic.
- Nautical A boxlike support in which the heel of a mast is stepped.
Origin of tabernacleMiddle English from Old French from Late Latin tabernāculum from Latin tent diminutive of taberna hut ; see tavern .
- any temporary dwelling, a hut, tent, booth.
- (biblical) The portable tent used before the construction of the temple, where the shekinah (presence of God) was believed to dwell.
- (by extension) The Jewish Temple at Jerusalem (as continuing the functions of the earlier tabernacle).
- Any portable shrine used in heathen or idolatrous worship
- A sukkah, the booth or 'tabernacle' used during the Jewish Feast of Sukkot.
- A small ornamented cupboard or box used for the reserved sacrament of the Eucharist, normally located in an especially prominent place in a Roman Catholic church.
- (US) A temporary place of worship, especially a tent, for a tent meeting, as with a venue for revival meetings.
- (by extension) Any house of worship; used especially of Mormon churches.
- (figuratively) Any abode or dwelling place, or especially the human body as the temporary dwelling place of the soul, or life.
- (nautical) A hinged device allowing for the easy folding of a mast 90 degrees from perpendicular, as for transporting the boat on a trailer, or passing under a bridge.