reredos

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The reredos in Hereford Cathedral, England

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From Middle English reredos, from Anglo-Norman reredos, areredos; equivalent to rere (rear) + French dos (back).

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reredos (plural reredoses)

  1. (chiefly Western Christianity) A screen or decoration behind the altar in a church, usually depicting religious iconography or images, akin to the iconostasis of the Eastern Churches.
    Synonym: retable
    Coordinate term: iconostasis
    • 1871, The Sacristy: A Quarterly Review of Ecclesiastical Art and Literature, Volume 1, John Hodges, London, page 246,
      A bad reredos will ruin the best church ever designed; and, although a good reredos cannot convert a bad church into a good one, it may do much to lessen the offensiveness of its badness.
    • 1998, Paul V. M. Flesher, Rereading the Reredos: David, Orpheus, and Messianism in the Dura Europa Syngogue, Dān Ûrman, Paul Virgil McCracken Flesher (editors), Ancient Synagogues: Historical Analysis and Archaeological Discovery, page 363,
      Confusion has reigned in scholarly interpretation, however, because the dark-colored leaves have shown through the succeeding coats of paint across the reredos, interfering with the later scenes.
    • 2007, F. E. Howard, English Church Woodwork, page 137,
      There seem to be no remains of wooden reredoses of the fourteenth century, though there are a number of examples in stone.
  2. The back of an open fire-hearth, in medieval halls.

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Middle English[edit]

reredos

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Anglo-Norman reredos, areredos; equivalent to rere (rear, following) + Old French dos (back).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈrɛːr(ə)dɔs/, /ˈrɛːr(ə)dɔːs/

Noun[edit]

reredos (plural reredosis)

  1. A reredos or retable; a panel at the back of an altar.
  2. A dorsal; a hanging or tapestry at the back of an altar.
  3. (rare) The back of a fireplace or hearth.
  4. (rare) A wood screen against the back of a chair or wall.
  5. (rare) A panel of armour for protecting the rear.
  6. (rare) The rearguard of an army.

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  • English: reredos

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