altar |ˈoltər|


the table in a Christian church at which the bread and wine are consecrated in communion services.

• a table or flat-topped block used as the focus for a religious ritual, esp. for making sacrifices or offerings to a deity.


lead someone to the altar marry.

sacrifice someone/something on/at the altar of someone/something cause someone or something to suffer in the interests of someone or something else : no businessman is going to sacrifice his company on the altar of such altruism.

ORIGIN Old English altar, alter, based on late Latin altar, altarium, from Latin altus ‘high.’

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