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[pri-del-uh; Italian pre-del-lah] /prɪˈdɛl ə; Italian prɛˈdɛl lɑ/
noun, plural predelle
[pri-del-ee; Italian pre-del-le] /prɪˈdɛl i; Italian prɛˈdɛl lɛ/ (Show IPA).
Fine Arts.
the base of an altarpiece, often decorated with small paintings or reliefs.
Origin of predella
1840-50; < Italian < Langobardic *predel, *pretel, derivative of *pret- board < Germanic *bret- (> Old High German brët (German Brett), Old English, Old Saxon bred board, plank; akin to board); conformed in It to the diminutive suffix -ella -elle Unabridged
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/prɪˈdɛlə; Italian preˈdɛlla/
noun (pl) -le (-liː; Italian) (-le)
a painting or sculpture or a series of small paintings or sculptures in a long narrow strip forming the lower edge of an altarpiece or the face of an altar step or platform
a platform in a church upon which the altar stands
Word Origin
C19: from Italian: stool, step, probably from Old High German bret board
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