from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A structure forming the back of an altar, especially:
- n. An overhanging shelf for lights and ornaments.
- n. A frame enclosing painted panels.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A table or shelf behind an altar, on which are placed images or holy objects
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A shelf behind the altar, for display of lights, vases of flowers, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A structure raised above an altar at the back, either independent in itself, or forming a decorative frame to a picture, a bas-relief, or the like, in which case the word includes the work of art itself.
Above the retable is the Madonna with two saints on either side: the crucifix surmounts the whole composition.
Among its interior decorations is a retable which is the work of the
The face of this structure which looks towards the nave of the church is called the "retable", and the reverse is called the "counter-retable".
This large retable portrays Ludovic II of Saluzzo together with his wife Marguerite de Foix; it is now attributed to Hans Clemer, the ‘Master of Elva’ and is housed in the Casa Cavassa in Saluzzo.
The office lights and flowers have been moved back to a new retable.
Even if I retable the motion, they will only talk it out again.
In their mother's room hung a replica of the matador's last suit of lights, slim-waisted and elegant, while in another room known as the chapel because of the silver retable, at which Leal had worshipped before his fights, hung suspended the head of the great Palafox bull that had killed their father.
Le Vent: tentative de restitution d'un retable baroque.
An altarpiece or retable, is a decorated panel attached to or set directly behind the altar.
The retable was given by the Old Boys of the King's School.