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.
the Bible, collar, biretta, reliquary, kirk, cassock, chapter house, the Fall, dairy, chief rabbi, dog collar, cross, chalice, Mormon Tabernacle, bat mitzvah, gentile, basilica, the Ark of the Covenant, collection plate, Easter egg, crucifix, Chanukah, bar mitzvah, altar
religious building (part of speech: noun)
clergy house, vicarage, abbey, chapel, synagogue, manse, mosque, convent, priory, friary, rectory, church, meetinghouse, cloister, bishop's palace, nunnery, monastery, pantheon, parsonage, shrine, pagoda, deanery, temple, cathedral, house of god, Vatican
- We even find the surname Tabernacle. - "The Romance of Names", Ernest Weekley.
- It would seem as if the guardian angels who had been hovering round his death- pillow had well- nigh reached the gates of glory ere the sorrowing survivors discovered that the clay tabernacle was all that was left of a " brother beloved!" - "Memories of Bethany", John Ross Macduff.
- The side- aisles of the nave were added between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries, while only the stalls and the tabernacle are as recent as the sixteenth. - "Castles and Chateaux of Old Touraine and the Loire Country", Francis Miltoun.