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n. pl. i·co·nos·ta·ses (-sēz′)
The screen decorated with icons that divides the sanctuary from the nave of an Eastern Orthodox church.

[From Medieval Greek eikonostasion, shrine : eikono-, icono- + Greek stasis, a standing; see stā- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˌaɪkəʊˈnɒstəsɪs) or


n, pl iconostases (ˌaɪkəʊˈnɒstəˌsiːz; aɪˈkɒnəˌstæsɪz)
(Eastern Church (Greek & Russian Orthodox)) Eastern Churches a screen with doors and icons set in tiers, which separates the bema (sanctuary) from the nave
[C19: Church Latin, from Late Greek eikonostasion shrine, literally: area where images are placed, from icono- + histanai to stand]


(ˌaɪ kəˈnɒs tə sɪs)

n., pl. -ses (-ˌsiz)
a partition or screen on which icons are placed, separating the sanctuary from the main part of an Eastern church.
[1825–35; < Medieval Greek]