Word of the Day – Catafalque

By July 8, 2019 Word of the Day

Catafalque (noun)

kat-a-falk

A decorated wooden framework supporting the coffin of a distinguished person during a funeral or while lying in state.

Mid 17th century from French, from Italian catafalco, of unknown origin. Compare with scaffold.

Example sentences

“The coffin, adorned with flowers, stood on the catafalque as the mourners entered the church.”

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