iconostasis

iconostasis

[ahy-kuh-nos-tuh-sis]
noun, plural iconostases [ahy-kuh-nos-tuh-seez] . Eastern Church.
a partition or screen on which icons are placed, separating the sanctuary from the main part of the church.
Also, iconostas [ahy-kon-uh-stas] .


Origin:
1825–35; < Medieval Greek; see icono-, stasis

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iconostasis or iconostas (ˌaɪkəʊˈnɒstəsɪs, aɪˈkɒnəˌstæs)
 
n , pl iconostases
Eastern Churches a screen with doors and icons set in tiers, which separates the bema (sanctuary) from the nave
 
[C19: Church Latin, from Late Greek eikonostasion shrine, literally: area where images are placed, from icono- + histanai to stand]
 
iconostas or iconostas (ˌaɪkəʊˈnɒstəsɪs, aɪˈkɒnəˌstæs, ˌaɪkəʊˈnɒstəˌsiːz, aɪˈkɒnəˌstæsɪz)
 
n
 
[C19: Church Latin, from Late Greek eikonostasion shrine, literally: area where images are placed, from icono- + histanai to stand]

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