Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “altar”

See all translations

altar

noun [C] uk   /ˈɔːl.tər/ /ˈɒl-/ us    /ˈɑːl.t̬ɚ/
a type of table used in ceremonies in a Christian church or in other religious buildings
Translations of “altar”
in Korean 제단…
in Arabic مَذبح…
in French autel…
in Turkish bilhassa Hıristiyan kilisesinde dini törenler için kullanılan masa, sunak…
in Italian altare…
in Chinese (Traditional) 聖壇,祭壇…
in Russian алтарь…
in Polish ołtarz…
in Spanish altar…
in Portuguese altar…
in German der Altar…
in Catalan altar…
in Japanese 祭壇, (キリスト教の)聖餐(さん)台…
in Chinese (Simplified) 圣坛,祭坛…
(Definition of altar from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of altar?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “altar” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

work out

to exercise in order to improve the strength or appearance of your body

Word of the Day

Byronic, Orwellian and Darwinian: adjectives from names.

by Liz Walter,
April 15, 2015
Becoming an adjective is a strange kind of memorial, but it is often a sign of a person having had real influence on the world. Science is full of examples, from Hippocrates, the Greek medic born around 460 BC, who gave his name to the Hippocratic Oath still used by doctors today,

Read More 

bio-inspiration noun

April 13, 2015
the adoption of patterns and structures found in nature for the purposes of engineering, manufacturing, science, etc. The MIT researchers actually aren’t the only robotics team to turn to cheetahs for bio-inspiration.

Read More