Reredos definition

rîrdŏs, rîrĭ-, rĕrĭ-
An ornamental screen or partition wall behind an altar in a church.
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A decorative screen or facing on the wall at the back of an altar.
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The back of an open hearth of a fireplace.
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A screen or decoration behind the altar in a church, usually depicting religious iconography or images.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
reredos
Plural:
reredoses

Origin of reredos

  • Middle English from Anglo-Norman from areredos arere behind (Latin ad- ad-) (Latin retrō backward re- in Indo-European roots) dos back (from Latin dorsum)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From rere (“rear") + French dos (“back").

    From Wiktionary