Definition of "tabernacle" []

  • The portable sanctuary in which the Jews carried the Ark of the Covenant through the desert. (noun)
  • A case or box on a church altar containing the consecrated host and wine of the Eucharist. (noun)
  • A place of worship. (noun)
  • A niche for a statue or relic. (noun)
  • Nautical A boxlike support in which the heel of a mast is stepped. (noun)
  • The portable sanctuary in the form of a tent in which the ancient Israelites carried the Ark of the Covenant (Exodus 25–27) (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The Jewish Temple regarded as the shrine of the divine presence (noun)
  • A meeting place for worship used by Mormons or Nonconformists (noun)
  • A small ornamented cupboard or box used for the reserved sacrament of the Eucharist (noun)
  • The human body regarded as the temporary dwelling of the soul (noun)
  • A canopied niche or recess forming the shrine of a statue (noun)
  • A strong framework for holding the foot of a mast stepped on deck, allowing it to be swung down horizontally to pass under low bridges, etc (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "tabernacle" in a sentence
  • "The use of a veil outside or within the tabernacle is an old custom, hearkening to the Old Testament imagery of the sanctuary tent and the Temple."
  • "God's tabernacle is called the tabernacle of David because David desired and chose to dwell in God's tabernacle for ever, Ps. lxi."
  • "Although this is a complex question and would require a more profound reflection, one can probably ackowledge that the moving of the tabernacle from the altar of celebration versus populum (i.e., the new altar) has some arguments more in its favor, since it is based not only on the conflict of presences, but also on the principle of the truth of the liturgical signs."