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1. often Tabernacle Bible The portable sanctuary in which the Jews housed the Ark of the Covenant during their years in the desert.
2. often Tabernacle A case or box on a church altar containing the consecrated host and wine of the Eucharist.
3. A place of worship.
4. A niche for a statue or relic.
5. Nautical A boxlike support in which the heel of a mast is stepped.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin tabernāculum, from Latin, tent, diminutive of taberna, hut; see tavern.]

tab′er·nac′u·lar (-năk′yə-lər) adj.


1. (Bible) (often capital) Old Testament
a. the portable sanctuary in the form of a tent in which the ancient Israelites carried the Ark of the Covenant (Exodus 25–27)
b. the Jewish Temple regarded as the shrine of the divine presence
2. (Judaism) Judaism an English word for sukkah
3. (Christian Churches, other) a meeting place for worship used by Mormons or Nonconformists
4. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a small ornamented cupboard or box used for the reserved sacrament of the Eucharist
5. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the human body regarded as the temporary dwelling of the soul
6. (Roman Catholic Church) chiefly RC Church a canopied niche or recess forming the shrine of a statue
7. (Nautical Terms) nautical a strong framework for holding the foot of a mast stepped on deck, allowing it to be swung down horizontally to pass under low bridges, etc
[C13: from Latin tabernāculum a tent, from taberna a hut; see tavern]
ˌtaberˈnacular adj


(ˈtæb ərˌnæk əl)

n., v. -led, -ling. n.
1. a place or house of worship, esp. one designed for a large congregation.
2. (often cap.) the portable tentlike structure used as a place of worship by the Israelites during their wandering in the wilderness. Ex. 25–27.
3. an ornamental receptacle for the reserved Eucharist.
4. a canopied niche or recess, as for an image or icon.
v.t., v.i.
5. to place or dwell in or as if in a tabernacle.
[1200–50; < Late Latin tabernāculum, Latin: tent <tabern(a) hut, stall, inn (compare tavern)]
tab`er•nac′u•lar (-yə lər) adj.


 of bakers: a company of bakers—Bk. of St. Albans, 1486.


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1. The portable sanctuary in which the ancient Israelites carried the Ark of the Covenant.
2. The dwelling place of the tent of the Lord was the portable sanctuary made by the Children of Israel during years of wandering in the wilderness.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tabernacle - the Mormon templeTabernacle - the Mormon temple      
Beehive State, Mormon State, Utah, UT - a state in the western United States; settled in 1847 by Mormons led by Brigham Young
2.Tabernacle - (Judaism) a portable sanctuary in which the Jews carried the Ark of the Covenant on their exodus
holy of holies, sanctum sanctorum - (Judaism) sanctuary comprised of the innermost chamber of the Tabernacle in the temple of Solomon where the Ark of the Covenant was kept
sanctuary - a consecrated place where sacred objects are kept
Judaism - the monotheistic religion of the Jews having its spiritual and ethical principles embodied chiefly in the Torah and in the Talmud
3.tabernacle - (Judaism) the place of worship for a Jewish congregationtabernacle - (Judaism) the place of worship for a Jewish congregation
house of God, house of prayer, house of worship, place of worship - any building where congregations gather for prayer
Judaism - the monotheistic religion of the Jews having its spiritual and ethical principles embodied chiefly in the Torah and in the Talmud


[ˈtæbənækl] N (in Judaism) → tabernáculo m; (= church) → templo m, santuario m; (in church) → sagrario m


n (= church)Gotteshaus nt; (= receptacle)Tabernakel m or nt; the Tabernacle (Bibl) → die Stiftshütte


[ˈtæbəˌnækl] ntabernacolo
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