Definition of reredos in English:

reredos

Syllabification: rere·dos
Pronunciation: /ˈrerəˌdäs, ˈri(ə)rə-
 
/

noun (plural same)

Christian Church
  • An ornamental screen covering the wall at the back of an altar.
    More 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.

Origin

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

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