b. a dwelling place
2. the human body considered as the dwelling place of the soul
3. a shrine, niche, etc. with a canopy
5. [T-] the portable sanctuary carried by the Jews during the Exodus: Ex. 25, 26, 27
verb intransitiveWord forms: ˈtaberˌnacled or ˈtaberˌnacling
8. to place in or as in a tabernacle
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Word origin of 'tabernacle'
ME < LL(Ec) tabernaculum,
the Jewish tabernacle (transl. of Heb ohel
, tent of meeting) < L, tent, dim. of taberna,
hut, shed, tavern