Entry from US English dictionary
A railing in front of the altar, separating the chancel from the nave.
- But the man made his way up to the altar rail at the front of the Church where he began talking to the priest who had made his way from the lectern.
- A more evident change among Presbyterians has been an increase in the number of congregations that prefer taking Communion at the altar rail rather than in the pews, said the Rev.
- I always enjoyed being in the sanctuary on Easter, bright spring sunlight pouring in the windows and falling over the altar rail sagging with white lilies.
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Syllabification: al·tar rail
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