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retable

[ri-tey-buh l, ree-tey-] /rɪˈteɪ bəl, ˈriˌteɪ-/
noun
1.
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 of retable
1815-1825
1815-25; < French, equivalent to Old French re(re) at the back (< Latin retrō) + table table; compare Medieval Latin retrōtabulum
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British Dictionary definitions for retable

retable

/rɪˈteɪbəl/
noun
1.
an ornamental screenlike structure above and behind an altar, esp one used as a setting for a religious picture or carving
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Spanish retablo, from Latin retrō behind + tabula board; see rear1, table
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