American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A receptacle to hold the relics of saints; a reliquary.
- n. An area of a church in which reliquaries are kept.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A shrine or bier containing the relics of saints, adapted to be borne in religions processions.
- n. The place in a church where such a shrine is set.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A portable bier or shrine, variously adorned, used for containing relics of saints.
- Middle English, from Anglo-Norman fertre, from Latin feretrum, from Ancient Greek φέρετρον (pheretron), from the verb φέρω (phero, "I carry"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Anglo-Norman fertre, from Latin feretrum, from Greek pheretron, from pherein, to carry; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The feretory no doubt had a reredos at this point, but what the type of this earlier arrangement may have been it is impossible exactly to tell.”
“It was placed just west of the feretory of S. Richard.”
“Rome, having succeeded in persuading Urban IV. that his merits and fame deserved an honour which should bring wealth and celebrity to the see in whose cathedral his body was laid; so in 1276 the remains of his body were removed from their tomb and placed at the back of the high altar in a shrine, or feretory, dedicated to him.”
“This seriously affected Chichester, as the fate of the feretory of S. Richard was involved by the mandate.”
“The entire feretory was overlaid with gold and crusted with gems.”
“William's royal robe, adorned with precious gems, and a feretory in the form of an altar, inclosing 300 relics of the saints, were bequeathed by him to the monastery; and Rufus transmitted them to Battle, where they were duly received on the 8th of the calends of November, 1088.”
“Sir Robert Smirke in 1807 put up work which consisted chiefly of panelling, which was affixed to the easternmost wall of the feretory.”
“Provision had evidently been made by him for keeping relics or treasures here, and, in his time, the back screen, as we now see it, and the reredos, were united together at the top, and covered with heavy stone slabs, so as to make a perfectly secure feretory.”
“The bones were enclosed in a splendid coffer with poles attached, and on solemn occasions this 'feretory,' besides being carried in procession, was sometimes placed under a tent in the fields.”
“The Palm-Sunday procession moved to a tent or chapel at some distance from the church, whither the Blessed Sacrament had been conveyed at daybreak, and returned preceding two priests bearing the Blessed Sacrament in a feretory on their shoulders.”
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