Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The screen decorated with icons that divides the sanctuary from the nave of an Eastern Orthodox church.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A wall of icons between the sanctuary and the nave in an Eastern Orthodox church.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Greek churches, a high solid screen, usually of wood, reaching at least half-way and often nearly or quite to the ceiling of the church, and separating the bema, chapel of prothesis, and diaconicon from the rest of the church.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From Medieval Greek eikonostasion, shrine : eikono-, icono- + Greek stasis, a standing.

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    August 16, 2008