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



    BrE BrE//ˈtæbənækl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtæbərnækl//
    Religious items
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  1. 1 [countable] a place of worship for some groups of Christians a Mormon tabernacle See related entries: Religious items
  2. 2 the tabernacle [singular] a small place of worship that could be moved, used by the Jews in ancient times when they were travelling in the desert
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: via French from Latin tabernaculum ‘tent’, diminutive of taberna ‘hut, tavern’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: tabernacle