Altar vs Altarpiece - What's the difference?

altar | altarpiece |


As nouns the difference between altar and altarpiece

is that altar is a table or similar flat-topped structure used for religious rites while altarpiece is a work of art suspended above and behind an altar in a church.

altar

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • A table or similar flat-topped structure used for religious rites.
  • Derived terms

    * altar boy * altar poem * high altar

    altarpiece

    English

    Noun

    (wikipedia altarpiece) (en noun)
  • a work of art suspended above and behind an altar in a church
  • * I walked across the concrete to examine the altarpiece of the atomic age. A large crack ran through it. '' — ''Atomic John: A truck driver uncovers secrets about the first nuclear bombs , David Samuels December, The New Yorker, 15, 2008 [http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/12/15/081215fa_fact_samuels?printable=true]