One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A portable shrine containing the relics of a saint.
- ‘The new feretory was erected in 1813 thanks to Avgustin, Metropolitan of Moscow.’
- ‘St. Swithun's feretory was probably placed behind the High Altar.’
- 1.1 A chapel containing a feretory.
Middle English: from Old French fiertre, via Latin from Greek pheretron ‘bier’, from pherein ‘bear, carry’.
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