[reer-dos, reer-i-, rair-i-]
a screen or a decorated part of the wall behind an altar in a church.
the back of a fireplace or of a medieval open hearth.

1325–75; Middle English, alteration of Anglo-French areredos, equivalent to Middle French arere behind (see arrear) + dos back (< Latin dorsum) Unabridged
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reredos (ˈrɪədɒs)
1.  a screen or wall decoration at the back of an altar, in the form of a hanging, tapestry, painting, or piece of metalwork or sculpture
2.  another word for fireback
[C14: from Old French areredos, from arere behind + dos back, from Latin dorsum]

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Example sentences
Interior decoration includes paintings on carved wooden reredos and sidewalls and under the balcony.
Hare again are pews, pulpit, pedestals and a carved reredos.
There are plans to remove the reredos fran the church.
Old paintings adorn the carved wood reredos and side walls, and a wooden lattice railing serves as an altar rail.
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