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



BrE BrE//ˈkætəfælk//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkætəfælk//
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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.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: catafalque