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altar cloth

a cloth covering for an altar.
Origin of altar cloth
1150-1200; Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The altar-cloth one, Jean, is my age, the other three are older.

    Red Hair Elinor Glyn
  • One of them embroiders a church banner, another an altar-cloth.

  • The novice Madeleine, on one occasion, was reprimanded for concealing her bosom with the altar-cloth at communion.

  • Kirstie had begun her ties, and Jean the altar-cloth, again.

    Red Hair Elinor Glyn
  • Never before in all of his short young life had he really needed anything for personal comfort—but the altar-cloth.

    Tess of the Storm Country Grace Miller White
  • The altar-cloth, as if tossed by a great wind, lay far away from them, gleaming white on the black ground.

  • She went to the window and drew back the Persian altar-cloth.

    Peak and Prairie Anna Fuller
  • In the church is an altar-cloth, now rarely used, worked by two maiden ladies more than two centuries since.

    The Cornwall Coast Arthur L. Salmon
  • A dreadful accident has happened to the altar-cloth, and I must mend it and wash it, and there is barely time before dark.

    Ramona Helen Hunt Jackson
  • The kneeling piece, which projects from under the folds of the altar-cloth, is of dark wood highly polished.

    The Saxons Edwin Davies Schoonmaker
British Dictionary definitions for altar-cloth

altar cloth

(Christianity) the cloth used for covering an altar: often applied also to the frontal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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