Definition of reredos in English:



Christian Church
  • An ornamental screen covering the wall at the back of an altar.

    • ‘Facing the altar, the reredos overwhelm the viewer's vision with rows upon rows of imposing carved saints and prophets.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But what strikes most visitors is the dramatic altar and reredos, or carved altarpiece, with tall statues of saints backed by scarlet curtains.’
    • ‘Among the main features of the interior are the magnificent rood screen, reredos and font canopy of Frosterley marble.’


Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, from Old French areredos, from arere behind + dos back.