chancel

noun chan·cel \ ˈchan(t)-səl \
Updated on: 26 Apr 2018

Definition of chancel

: the part of a church containing the altar and seats for the clergy and choir

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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


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  • : the part of a church that contains the altar and seats for the priest and choir



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