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n. pl. be·ma·ta (-mə-tə)
1. Judaism The platform from which services are conducted in a synagogue. Also called almemar.
2. Eastern Orthodox Church The area of a church in which the altar is located; the sanctuary.

[Ultimately from Greek bēma, step, platform; see gwā- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˈbiːmə) ,




1. (Historical Terms) the speaker's platform in the assembly in ancient Athens
2. (Eastern Church (Greek & Russian Orthodox)) Eastern Orthodox Church a raised area surrounding the altar in a church; the sanctuary
3. (Judaism) Judaism another word for almemar
[C17: via Late Latin, from Greek bēma, from bainein to go]


(ˈbi mə)

n., pl. -ma•ta (-mə tə) -mas.
1. the enclosed space around the altar in an Eastern church.
2. Also, bimah. a platform in a synagogue for the table used when reading from the Torah.
[1675–85; < Greek bêma step, platform =bē-, variant s. of baínein to step, go + -ma n. suffix of result; (definition 3) (< Yiddish bime) < Hebrew bīmāh < Greek]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bema - area around the altar of a church for the clergy and choirbema - area around the altar of a church for the clergy and choir; often enclosed by a lattice or railing
area - a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function; "the spacious cooking area provided plenty of room for servants"
choir - the area occupied by singers; the part of the chancel between sanctuary and nave
church building, church - a place for public (especially Christian) worship; "the church was empty"
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