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
- 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
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 tabernaculum, 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.