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noun chap·el \ˈcha-pəl\

Simple Definition of chapel

  • : a small church

  • : a room or small building that is used for private church services or prayer by a family or group

  • : a room or area in a church that is used for prayer or small religious services

Full Definition of chapel

  1. 1 :  a subordinate or private place of worship: as a :  a place of worship serving a residence or institution b :  a small house of worship usually associated with a main church c :  a room or recess in a church for meditation and prayer or small religious services

  2. 2 :  a place of worship used by a Christian group other than an established church <a nonconformist chapel>

  3. 3 :  a choir of singers belonging to a chapel

  4. 4 :  a chapel service or assembly at a school or college

  5. 5 :  an association of the employees in a printing office

  6. 6 a :  funeral home b :  a room for funeral services in a funeral home

Examples of chapel

  1. a wedding chapel in Las Vegas

  2. Church services will be held in the chapel this week.

Origin of chapel

Middle English, from Anglo-French chapele, from Medieval Latin cappella, from diminutive of Late Latin cappa cloak; from the cloak of St. Martin of Tours preserved as a sacred relic in a chapel built for that purpose

First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with chapel

CHAPEL Defined for Kids


noun chap·el \ˈcha-pəl\

Definition of chapel

  1. 1 :  a building or a room or place for prayer or special religious services

  2. 2 :  a religious service or assembly held in a school or college

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