Definition of chancel
: the part of a church containing the altar and seats for the clergy and choir
Recent Examples of chancel from the Web
The Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe is hosting a free concert June 4 performed by its chancel choir before its members take off for a singing tour in Scotland this month.
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Origin and Etymology of chancel
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin cancellus lattice, from Latin cancelli; from the latticework enclosing it — more at cancel
First Known Use: 14th century
CHANCEL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of chancel for English Language Learners
: the part of a church that contains the altar and seats for the priest and choir
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