One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The interior of a cathedral or large church behind the high altar.
- ‘Some of the larger Cathedrals have a retrochoir to the east of the high altar and separated from the sanctuary by a screen or reredos.’
- ‘The shrine (i.e., box of Swithun's remains) was high on a wall, behind the altar screen, and the barn-like retrochoir behind was built to accommodate the pilgrims who crawled through a small hole beneath the shrine.’
Mid 19th century: from medieval Latin retrochorus (see retro-, choir).
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