altar


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al·tar

 (ôl′tər)
n.
1. An elevated place or structure before which religious ceremonies may be enacted or upon which sacrifices may be offered.
2. A structure, typically a table, before which the divine offices are recited and upon which the Eucharist is celebrated in Christian churches.

[Middle English auter, from Old English altar and Old French auter, both from Latin altāre.]

altar

(ˈɔːltə)
n
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a raised place or structure where sacrifices are offered and religious rites performed
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) (in Christian churches) the communion table
3. (Civil Engineering) a step in the wall of a dry dock upon which structures supporting a vessel can stand
4. lead to the altar informal to marry
[Old English, from Latin altāria (plural) altar, from altus high]

al•tar

(ˈɔl tər)

n.
1. an elevated place or structure, as a mound or platform, at which religious rites are performed or on which sacrifices are offered to gods, ancestors, etc.
Idioms:
lead to the altar, to marry.
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English alter < Latin altāria (pl.)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.altar - the table in Christian churches where communion is givenaltar - the table in Christian churches where communion is given
table - a piece of furniture having a smooth flat top that is usually supported by one or more vertical legs; "it was a sturdy table"
2.altar - a raised structure on which gifts or sacrifices to a god are madealtar - a raised structure on which gifts or sacrifices to a god are made
high altar - the main altar in a church
structure, construction - a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts; "the structure consisted of a series of arches"; "she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons"
Translations
مَذْبَحُ الكَنِيسَةِمَذْبَح الكَنِيسَهمَذْبَح تَقْدِيم القَرَابِين لِلآلِهَه
олтар
oltář
alter
alttari
oltar
oltár
altari
祭壇
제단
altareara
altorius
oltár
oltar
žrtvenik
altare
แท่นบูชา
bàn thờ

altar

[ˈɒltəʳ]
A. Naltar m
high altaraltar m mayor
he sacrificed all on the altar of his ambitionlo sacrificó todo en aras de su ambición
to lead a girl to the altarconducir a una chica al altar
B. CPD altar boy Nacólito m, monaguillo m
altar cloth Nsabanilla f, paño m de altar
altar rail Ncomulgatorio m

altar

[ˈɔːltər] n
[church] → autel m altar boy, altar cloth, altar rail, altar stone, altar table
(fig)autel m
to be sacrificed on the altar of sth → être immolé(e) sur l'autel de qchaltar boy nenfant m de chœuraltar cloth nnappe f d'autel

altar

nAltar m; to lead somebody to the altarjdn zum Altar führen; she was left standing at the altarsie wurde in letzter Minute sitzen gelassen (inf); to be sacrificed on the altar of pride etcauf dem Altar des Stolzes etc geopfert werden

altar

:
altar boy
nMinistrant m
altar cloth
nAltartuch nt, → Altardecke f
altarpiece
nAltarbild nt
altar rail
n, altar rails
plKommunionbank f

altar

[ˈɒltəʳ] naltare m
high altar → altar maggiore

altar

(ˈoːltə) noun
1. in some Christian churches the table on which the bread and wine are consecrated during the celebration of communion. The bride and groom stood before the priest at the altar.
2. a table etc on which offerings are made to a god.

altar

مَذْبَحُ الكَنِيسَةِ oltář alter Altar βωμός altar alttari autel oltar altare 祭壇 제단 altaar alter ołtarz altar алтарь altare แท่นบูชา sunak bàn thờ 祭坛
References in classic literature ?
They had hoped for great things, but if the cavern gave access to the buried city--the ancient city of Kurzon on the chief altar of which stood the golden idol, Quitzel--it looked as though they were never to enter it.
When I was a little boy like this one, I begin to help the priest at the altar.
Her head began to ache, and the lights on the altar swayed before her eyes.
What had been the counter or "bar" of the saloon, gorgeous in white and gold, now sawn in two and divided, was set up on opposite sides of the room as separate dressing-tables, decorated with huge bunches of azaleas, that hid the rough earthenware bowls, and gave each table the appearance of a vestal altar.
Brom Bones, too, who, shortly after his rival's disappearance conducted the blooming Katrina in triumph to the altar, was observed to look exceedingly knowing whenever the story of Ichabod was related, and always burst into a hearty laugh at the mention of the pumpkin; which led some to suspect that he knew more about the matter than he chose to tell.
But nothing about that thing that happened to him off Cape Horn, long ago, when he lay like dead for three days and nights; nothing about that deadly skrimmage with the Spaniard afore the altar in Santa?
Now, when with royal Tranquo I visited this wondrous whale, and saw the skull an altar, and the artificial smoke ascending from where the real jet had issued, I marvelled that the king should regard a chapel as an object of vertu.
Marija has apparently concluded about two hours ago that if the altar in the corner, with the deity in soiled white, be not the true home of the muses, it is, at any rate, the nearest substitute on earth attainable.
Gambetta was laying his last lock of hair upon the altar.
and these are they, Who minister at thine altar, God of right
Elton, but as the clergyman whose blessing at the altar might next fall on herself.
If you were to see them at the altar, you would suppose they were going to be married.