Meaning of “altar” in the English Dictionary

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"altar" in British English

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altarnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɔːl.tər/ /ˈɒl.tər/ us /ˈɑːl.tɚ/

Examples from literature

  • Maybe the strangest but most typical things on the altar are the sugar skulls. 
  • As Wallace entered the chapel and advanced towards the altar, he saw a woman kneeling in prayer. 
  • In the first and second story, to which access is gained by more than usually narrow stairs, are some small altars with carved idols. 
  • Its three altars and other sacred appurtenances have crumbled and passed away years ago. 
  • The church has a fine oak screen in the south chancel and a stone altar with five crosses in the north aisle. 
  • Then a monk took the king and the young knight behind the altar, and showed them where the shield hung. 
  • To honour them they erected altars and performed their vows. 

(Definition of “altar” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"altar" in American English

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altarnoun [ C ]

us /ˈɔl·tər/

a type of table used in religious ceremonies

(Definition of “altar” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)