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Definition of tabernacle:

  1. A boxlike step for a mast with the after side open, so that the mast can be lowered to pass under bridges, etc.
  2. A niche for the image of a saint, or for any sacred painting or sculpture.
  3. A portable structure of wooden framework covered with curtains, which was carried through the wilderness in the Israelitish exodus, as a place of sacrifice and worship.
  4. A seat or stall in a choir, with its canopy.
  5. A slightly built or temporary habitation; especially, a tent.
  6. A tryptich for sacred imagery.
  7. Any small cell, or like place, in which some holy or precious things was deposited or kept.
  8. Figuratively: The human body, as the temporary abode of the soul.
  9. Hence, a work of art of sacred subject, having a partially architectural character, as a solid frame resting on a bracket, or the like.
  10. Hence, the Jewish temple; sometimes, any other place for worship.
  11. The ornamental receptacle for the pyx, or for the consecrated elements, whether a part of a building or movable.
  12. To dwell or reside for a time; to be temporary housed.

Synonyms:

dairy, temple, kirk, Chanukah, Easter egg, basilica, biretta, the Ark of the Covenant, cross, the Fall, crucifix, chief rabbi, chapter house, gentile, bar mitzvah, cassock, altar, collar, collection plate, dog collar, chalice, the Bible, Mormon Tabernacle, bat mitzvah, reliquary, synagogue.

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