Altar cloth

a cloth covering for an altar.
Historical Examples

I wish you would, dear, and embroider an altar cloth while you are here.
Jewel Clara Louise Burnham

He however spread an altar cloth, which he had retained about his person, upon the body of the child.
The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago John S. C. Abbott

Mr. Morin had presented the chapel with silver candlesticks and an altar cloth.
Roads of Destiny O. Henry

There are workshops fitted up with lathes, and a small chapel with an altar cloth, covered with skulls and cross-bones.
Recollections of a Long Life John Stoughton

Just as many regard it as an act of piety to work an altar cloth or to cushion a pulpit.
Backlog Studies Charles Dudley Warner

Mrs. Bishop had, by Carroll’s report, worked feverishly at the altar cloth all the afternoon.
The Riverman Stewart Edward White

That, thought Daoud, must be the altar cloth on which the drops of blood had fallen from the wafer of bread.
The Saracen: Land of the Infidel Robert Shea

But a most unlooked-for chance deprived the Bishop’s altar cloth of its costly mending.
Sir Nigel Arthur Conan Doyle

He has been laying down a tessellated pavement, and putting in stained-glass windows, and such an altar cloth!
Margaret Capel, v. 3 of 3 Ellen Wallace

Below, on the altar cloth, is a Last Judgment, with the prettiest little angel boys to sound the dreadful trumps.
A Wanderer in Venice E.V. Lucas

(Christianity) the cloth used for covering an altar: often applied also to the frontal


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