cen·​a·​cle ˈse-ni-kəl How to pronounce cenacle (audio)
: a retreat house
especially : one for Roman Catholic women directed by nuns of the Society of Our Lady of the Cenacle

Examples of cenacle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His closest friend was the essayist Lucy Sante (in those days Luc Sante), and their cenacle included a moody painter called Samo, better known today as Jean-Michel Basquiat. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, 20 Oct. 2022 Joseph belonged to the Two Hearts as One and Prayer House of All Graces Ministry in Southington, Connecticut and has traveled to many states praying the Most Holy Rosary and other Catholic prayers at religious prayer cenacles. courant.com, 16 Aug. 2019

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Word History


Late Latin cenaculum the room where Christ and his disciples had the Last Supper, from Latin, top story, probably from cena dinner

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cenacle was in 1855

Cite this Entry

“Cenacle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cenacle. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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