One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An ornamental screen covering the wall at the back of an altar.
- ‘After a stroll through the attractive gardens, members visited the baroque church with its splendid reredos from Venice and Italian wall paintings.’
- ‘The sanctuary is emphasised by marble steps, a stone reredos and an altar enriched with candlesticks and an impressive blue enamelled altar cross.’
- ‘Among the main features of the interior are the magnificent rood screen, reredos and font canopy of Frosterley marble.’
- ‘But what strikes most visitors is the dramatic altar and reredos, or carved altarpiece, with tall statues of saints backed by scarlet curtains.’
- ‘Facing the altar, the reredos overwhelm the viewer's vision with rows upon rows of imposing carved saints and prophets.’
Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, from Old French areredos, from arere ‘behind’ + dos ‘back’.
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