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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [tab-er-nak-uh l]
    • /ˈtæb ərˌnæk əl/
    • /ˈtæb.əˌnæk.l̩/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [tab-er-nak-uh l]
    • /ˈtæb ərˌnæk əl/

Definitions of tabernacle word

  • noun tabernacle any place or house of worship, especially one designed for a large congregation. 1
  • noun tabernacle (often initial capital letter) the portable sanctuary in use by the Israelites from the time of their wandering in the wilderness after the Exodus from Egypt to the building of the Temple in Jerusalem by Solomon. Ex. 25–27. 1
  • noun tabernacle Ecclesiastical. an ornamental receptacle for the reserved Eucharist, now generally found on the altar. 1
  • noun tabernacle a canopied niche or recess, as for an image or icon. 1
  • noun tabernacle a temporary dwelling or shelter, as a tent or hut. 1
  • noun tabernacle a dwelling place. 1

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Origin of tabernacle

First appearance:

before 1200
One of the 9% oldest English words
1200-50; Middle English < Late Latin tabernāculum, Latin: tent, equivalent to tabern(a) hut, stall, inn (cf. tavern) + -āculum, probably extracted from hibernāculum winter quarters (see hibernaculum)

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Parts of speech for Tabernacle


tabernacle popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 71% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for tabernacle

noun tabernacle

  • altar — An altar is a holy table in a church or temple.
  • bethel — an ancient town in the West Bank, near Jerusalem: in the Old Testament, the place where the dream of Jacob occurred (Genesis 28:19)
  • chancel — The chancel is the part of a church containing the altar, where the clergy and the choir usually sit.
  • chantry — an endowment for the singing of Masses for the soul of the founder or others designated by him or her
  • chapel — A chapel is a part of a church which has its own altar and which is used for private prayer.

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