Definition of reredos in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrerədäs/
Pronunciation: /ˈrirəˌdäs/

noun (plural same)

Christian Church
An ornamental screen covering the wall at the back of an altar.
Example sentences
  • Among the main features of the interior are the magnificent rood screen, reredos and font canopy of Frosterley marble.
  • The sanctuary is emphasised by marble steps, a stone reredos and an altar enriched with candlesticks and an impressive blue enamelled altar cross.
  • Facing the altar, the reredos overwhelm the viewer's vision with rows upon rows of imposing carved saints and prophets.


Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, from Old French areredos, from arere 'behind' + dos 'back'.

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Syllabification: rere·dos

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