What does altar mean?

altar meaning in General Dictionary

A raised framework as a square or oblong erection of rock or wood which sacrifices might be offered or incense burned to a deity

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  • the dining table in Christian churches in which communion is offered
  • an increasing construction by which gift ideas or sacrifices to a god are available
  • an elevated structure (as a square or oblong erection of stone or timber) which sacrifices are offered or incense burned to a deity.
  • into the Christian church, a construction of stone, timber, or other product the gathering of Holy Eucharist; the communion table.

altar meaning in Etymology Dictionary

Old English change, altar, from Latin altare (plural altaria) "high altar, altar for give up towards the great gods," maybe initially indicating "burnt offerings" (compare Latin adolere "to worship, available sacrifice, to honor by burning sacrifices to"), but influenced by Latin altus "high." In center English, usually auter, from Old French auter. Reintroduced from Latin 1500s. As symbolic of marriage, by 1820.


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altar meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) An increasing framework (as a square or oblong erection of rock or lumber) which sacrifices can be obtained or incense burned to a deity.

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  • (n.) In Christian chapel, a construction of stone, wood, or any other material when it comes to celebration for the Holy Eucharist; the communion table.

Sentence Examples with the word altar

It was a rectangular platform on which the standard of the city and an altar were erected; priests held services on the altar before the battle, and the trumpeters beside them encouraged the fighters to the fray.

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