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noun \ˈaps\

Simple Definition of apse

  • : a part of a church that is shaped like a half circle and that is usually at the east end of the building

Full Definition of apse

  1. 1 :  apsis 1

  2. 2 :  a projecting part of a building (as a church) that is usually semicircular in plan and vaulted

Origin of apse

Medieval Latin & Latin; Medieval Latin apsis, from Latin


First Known Use: 1715

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