Simple Definition of transept
: the shorter area that goes across and sticks out from the long part of a church and that gives the church the shape of a cross when it is viewed from above
Full Definition of transept
: the part of a cruciform church that crosses at right angles to the greatest length between the nave and the apse or choir; also : either of the projecting ends of a transept
Origin of transept
New Latin transeptum, from Latin trans- + septum, saeptum enclosure, wall
First Known Use: circa 1542
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