re table

retable

[ri-tey-buhl, ree-tey-]
noun
a decorative structure raised above an altar at the back, often forming a frame for a picture, bas-relief, or the like, and sometimes including a shelf or shelves, as for ornaments.

Origin:
1815–25; < French, equivalent to Old French re(re) at the back (< Latin retrō) + table table; compare Medieval Latin retrōtabulum

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retable (rɪˈteɪbəl)
 
n
an ornamental screenlike structure above and behind an altar, esp one used as a setting for a religious picture or carving
 
[C19: from French, from Spanish retablo, from Latin retrō behind + tabula board; see rear1, table]

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