chancel

noun
chan·cel | \ ˈchan(t)-səl \

Definition of chancel 

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

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The event will feature love songs by composers ranging from George Gershwin to Andrew Lloyd Weber and Leonard Bernstein, performed by the church's chancel choir. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Encinitas looking for Senior of the Year...and more community news," 8 Feb. 2018 And that was a shame, because Bella Voce (arrayed in ever-shifting configurations across the visually handsome chancel) sang with exceptional musicality, expressivity and fervor, with solo vocal contributions and instrumental work to match. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Lincoln Center chamber society, Bella Voce off to strong season starts," 25 Oct. 2017 Diamonds, by contrast, could have represented the upper class in French decks, as paving stones used in the chancels of churches were diamond shaped, and such stones marked the graves of the aristocratic dead. Adrienne Bernhard, The Atlantic, "The Lost Origins of Playing-Card Symbols," 24 Aug. 2017 Detroit Free Press Standing in the pews at the Shrine of the Black of Madonna church on Detroit's west side, Diana Nilaja Stewart gazes at a painting that stretches high in the chancel — a black Jesus and black Madonna. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's iconic Black Madonna: 50 years as mother of a movement," 27 Apr. 2017 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. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Church to give concert before tour," 1 June 2017 Detroit Free Press Standing in the pews at the Shrine of the Black of Madonna church on Detroit's west side, Diana Nilaja Stewart gazes at a painting that stretches high in the chancel — a black Jesus and black Madonna. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's iconic Black Madonna: 50 years as mother of a movement," 27 Apr. 2017 The concert will also feature Cascade United Methodist Church’s chancel choir and Ebenezer Baptist Church of Atlanta’s junior men’s chorus. Atlanta Life, ajc, "Atlanta faith calendar," 14 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of chancel

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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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chancel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of chancel

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

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