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altar

a table or platform used in a church service or ceremonial rite: They knelt at the altar for communion.
Not to be confused with:
alter – change: alter a will; adjust: She’ll need to alter her wedding gown to make it fit.
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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.]
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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]
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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.)]
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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"
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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
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

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
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

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
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

altar

[ˈɒltəʳ] naltare m
high altar → altar maggiore
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

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.
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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
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Our forefathers underwent great trial and tribulation, with millions suffering the travails of dispossession and exile, and hundreds of thousands laying the ultimate sacrifice at the altar of freedom so that our children may have a country to call their own, where they could build a prosperous and secure future for themselves," Khalid read the letter sent from the Prime Minister in the ceremony.
PM said that our forefathers underwent great trial and tribulation, with millions suffering the travails of dispossession and exile and hundreds of thousand laying the ultimate sacrifice at the altar of freedom, so that our children may have a country to call their own, where they could build a prosperous and secure future for themselves.