Definition of altarpiece in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈôltərˌpēs/


A work of art, especially a painting on wood, set above and behind an altar.
Example sentences
  • They also painted altarpieces and easel paintings for collectors, and developed genres such as landscape.
  • Specifically, the Hood Museum of Art has acquired a variety of paintings, including an altarpiece, several easel paintings and some small devotional panels.
  • Although it is often described as an altarpiece, this painting is far more likely to have served as an epitaph - a potential function of this and other pictures by Van Eyck that needs further study.

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Syllabification: al·tar·piece

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