1. a decorated bier on which a coffin rests in state during a funeral
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How To Use catafalque In A Sentence

  • he asked the Father when he'd got to the other side of the catafalque. COLDHEART CANYON
  • But the King, in robes of purple and black, came to assist her from her palfrey before the beautiful entry of the Abbey Church, and led her up the nave to the desks prepared around what was then termed 'a herce, 'but which would now be called a catafalque, an erection supposed to contain the body, and adorned with the lozenges of the arms of Scotland and Beaufort, and of the Stewart, in honour of the Black Knight of Lorn. Two Penniless Princesses
  • A catafalque is of course what is used for the absolution of the dead without a body present. Reader Question: Constructing the Catafalque
  • Dignitaries placed wreaths before a catafalque party, taking position with veterans on a parade which formed a tangible reminder of the thousands of Anzacs and police officers who have worn the blue beret in the past half century.
  • He lay as though upon a catafalque in the dimly lit room, while memories came to pay their respects. SACRAMENT
  • The name herse was then applied to the draped catafalque or platform upon which the candles stood and the coffin rested, not as now the word hearse to a carriage for the conveyance of the dead. Customs and Fashions in Old New England
  • Propped up at one end by a broken-off marble Ionian capital is a long, slanting wooden board, suggesting a collapsed catafalque.
  • It forms, in the middle of the circular nave of the church, a kind of catafalque of white marble: the cupola of cedar, in falling, might have crushed it, but could not have set it on fire. Memoirs To Illustrate The History Of My Time Volume 1
  • At the beginning of the Mass, the casket was carried into the Oratory and placed on the catafalque, which is a raised platform used to support the casket. Clerical Whispers
  • Over the weekend his body lay in state in a silver mounted coffin on a catafalque in front of the Speaker's platform.
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