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Meaning of CHANCEL

Pronunciation:  'chansul

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  area around the altar of a church for the clergy and choir; often enclosed by a lattice or railing

CHANCEL is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: bema, sanctuary
 See Also: area, choir, church, church building



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Chan"cel\, n. [OF. chancel, F. chanceau, cancel, fr. L.
cancelli lattices, crossbars. (The chancel was formerly
inclosed with lattices or crossbars) See {Cancel}, v. t.]
(a) That part of a church, reserved for the use of the
    clergy, where the altar, or communion table, is placed.
    Hence, in modern use;
(b) All that part of a cruciform church which is beyond the
    line of the transept farthest from the main front.

{Chancel aisle} (Arch.), the aisle which passes on either
   side of or around the chancel.

{Chancel arch} (Arch.), the arch which spans the main
   opening, leading to the chancel.

{Chancel casement}, the principal window in a chancel.

{Chancel table}, the communion table.

Thesaurus Terms
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