IPA: tˈæbɝnækʌɫ


  • Any temporary dwelling; a hut, tent, or booth.
  • (biblical) The portable tent used before the construction of the temple, where the shekinah (presence of God) was believed to dwell.
  • (by extension) The Jewish Temple at Jerusalem (as continuing the functions of the earlier tabernacle).
  • Any portable shrine used in heathen or idolatrous worship.
  • A sukkah, the booth or 'tabernacle' used during the Jewish Feast of Sukkot.
  • (Roman Catholicism) A small ornamented cupboard or box used for the reserved sacrament of the Eucharist, normally located in an especially prominent place in a church.
  • (originally Methodism) A temporary place of worship, especially a tent, for a tent meeting, as with a venue for revival meetings.
  • (by extension) Any house of worship, especially a Mormon meetinghouse.
  • (figuratively) Any abode or dwelling place, or especially the human body as the temporary dwelling place of the soul, or life.
  • (nautical) A hinged device allowing for the easy folding of a mast 90 degrees from perpendicular, as for transporting the boat on a trailer, or passing under a bridge.


  • (intransitive) To dwell; to abide for a time.

Examples of "tabernacle" in Sentences

  • Repositioning of the tabernacle.
  • Replicas of the desert tabernacle.
  • One contains the tabernacle and altar.
  • Chapel of the Virgin of the Tabernacle.
  • Baraita on the Erection of the Tabernacle.
  • At the center of the circle is the tabernacle.
  • Above the tabernacle is a niche with a crucifix.
  • On the door of the tabernacle is the scene of the Annunciation.
  • If there is more, then the leftovers are stored in a tabernacle.
  • Wasn't it called the tabernacle where the big meetings were held?
  • The name tabernacle or tent of meeting usually means this tabernacle.
  • The height given to the tabernacle is quite nice, as are, again, the materials used in the construction.
  • Before or after Mass, when the tabernacle is visible somewhere in the church, genuflection should be directed towards it.
  • God's tabernacle is called the tabernacle of David because David desired and chose to dwell in God's tabernacle for ever, Ps. lxi.
  • The use of a veil outside or within the tabernacle is an old custom, hearkening to the Old Testament imagery of the sanctuary tent and the Temple.
  • In the Diocese of Fort Wayne – South Bend, the Bishop has judged that the tabernacle is normally to be prominently located in the sanctuary of the church, along the central axis behind the main altar.
  • At the moment I drew near he was having a long and involved argument with another controversialist touching on the sense of the word tabernacle as employed Scripturally, one holding it to mean the fleshly tenement of the soul and the other an actual place of worship.
  • Indeed, if the tabernacle is significantly isolated from the place of the routine public celebration of the sacred liturgy, then the possibility exists of the reserved sacrament gradually slipping from the parish or communal consciousness and being visited privately only by a few.
  • Although those who genuflect when a tabernacle is not present or when the Blessed Sacrament is clearly removed from the tabernacle (for example, during much of the Sacred Triduum) typically do so out of a commendable pious habit, they should instead bow out of reverence towards the altar.
  • Although this is a complex question and would require a more profound reflection, one can probably ackowledge that the moving of the tabernacle from the altar of celebration versus populum (i.e., the new altar) has some arguments more in its favor, since it is based not only on the conflict of presences, but also on the principle of the truth of the liturgical signs.

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