Definition of tabernacle
What does the word tabernacle mean?
part of speech: noun
(Bibl.) fixed or movable habitation usu. of slight construction, (fig.) human body; Feast of Tt., Jewish autumn festival commemorating the dwelling of the Jews in wilderness; (Jewish Hist.) tent used as sanctuary before final settlement of Jews in Palestine; (often contempt.) place of public worship; receptacle for pyx or eucharistic elements; socket for mast of river-boat, post to which mast is hinged; (Archit.) canopied stall, niche, or pinnacle, t.-work, series, tracery characteristic, of such tt.; socket or hinged post for mast that requires lowering to pass under bridges; (vb, fig.) provide with shelter, dwell temporarily. So tabernacular a. [French]