ETYM French, from Latin tabernaculum, dim. of taberna nut. Related to Tabern.
1. A case on a church altar containing the consecrated host.
2. A portable structure of wooden framework covered with curtains, which was carried through the wilderness in the Jewish exodus, as a place of sacrifice and worship.
3. The Jewish temple; sometimes, any other place for worship.
4. Any small cell, or like place, in which some holy or precious things was deposited or kept.
Ornamental container for storing Communion bread and wine.