catafalque definition

  • noun:
    • A decorated system or framework upon which a coffin rests in condition during a funeral.
    • Roman Catholic Church A coffin-shaped framework draped with a pall, familiar with express the corpse at a requiem Mass celebrated after the burial.
    • A platform accustomed display or express a coffin during a funeral, often ornate.
    • a short-term framework occasionally found in the funeral solemnities of eminent persons, the general public exhibition for the stays, or their conveyance to the host to burial.
    • A stage or scaffolding, erected often in the nave of a church, to guide a coffin on occasion of a ceremonious funeral.
    • a decorated bier which a coffin rests in condition during a funeral

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