Altar cloth
Altar Al"tar, n. [OE. alter, auter, autier, fr. L. altare, pl. altaria, altar, prob. fr. altus high: cf. OF. alter, autier, F. autel. Cf. {Altitude}.] 1. A raised structure (as a square or oblong erection of stone or wood) on which sacrifices are offered or incense burned to a deity. [1913 Webster]

Noah builded an altar unto the Lord. --Gen. viii. 20. [1913 Webster]

2. In the Christian church, a construction of stone, wood, or other material for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist; the communion table. [1913 Webster]

Note: Altar is much used adjectively, or as the first part of a compound; as, altar bread or altar-bread. [1913 Webster]

{Altar cloth} or

{Altar-cloth}, the cover for an altar in a Christian church, usually richly embroidered.

{Altar cushion}, a cushion laid upon the altar in a Christian church to support the service book.

{Altar frontal}. See {Frontal}.

{Altar rail}, the railing in front of the altar or communion table.

{Altar screen}, a wall or partition built behind an altar to protect it from approach in the rear.

{Altar tomb}, a tomb resembling an altar in shape, etc.

{Family altar}, place of family devotions.

{To lead (as a bride) to the altar}, to marry; -- said of a woman. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • altar cloth — noun : a cloth used as a covering for an altar * * * a cloth covering for an altar. [1150 1200; ME] * * * altar cloth, a decorative cloth placed on an altar …   Useful english dictionary

  • altar-cloth — alˈtar cloth noun The covering of the altar, often including the frontal and the superfrontal • • • Main Entry: ↑altar …   Useful english dictionary

  • altar cloth — a cloth covering for an altar. [1150 1200; ME] * * * …   Universalium

  • Altar Cloths — • The custom of using three altar cloths began probably in the ninth century, but at present it is of strict obligation for the licit celebration of Mass Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Altar Cloths     Altar Cloths …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Altar Protector — • A cover made of cloth, baize or velvet which is placed on the table of the altar, during the time in which the sacred functions do not take place Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Altar Protector     Altar Protector …   Catholic encyclopedia

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  • Altar cushion — Altar Al tar, n. [OE. alter, auter, autier, fr. L. altare, pl. altaria, altar, prob. fr. altus high: cf. OF. alter, autier, F. autel. Cf. {Altitude}.] 1. A raised structure (as a square or oblong erection of stone or wood) on which sacrifices are …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Altar frontal — Altar Al tar, n. [OE. alter, auter, autier, fr. L. altare, pl. altaria, altar, prob. fr. altus high: cf. OF. alter, autier, F. autel. Cf. {Altitude}.] 1. A raised structure (as a square or oblong erection of stone or wood) on which sacrifices are …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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