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Definition of catafalque noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

catafalque

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈkætəfælk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkætəfælk//
 
Death
 
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a decorated platform on which the dead body of a famous person is placed before a funeral See related entries: Death Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from French, from Italian catafalco, of unknown origin. Compare with scaffold.
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