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Examples of chapel in a Sentence
a wedding chapel in Las Vegas
Church services will be held in the chapel this week.
Recent Examples of chapel from the Web
But political leaders, both foreign and domestic, will not be there or in the chapel.
The public can come to pray in the chapel or attend mass offered by a rotation of visiting priests.
The chapel, donated by the Reiman Family Foundation and completed in 2016, will be open year round and available to anyone seeking peace and healing.
On a gray, late-winter day, a converted chapel in the Arsenal, the city’s medieval boatyard, hummed with 21st-century activity.
There's also a chapel, perfect for intimate destination weddings.
Davis could hardly move in the crowded campus chapel, where the congregation listened to spirituals and then-university President Benjamin Mays’ eulogy.
Visitors are asked to submit to a physical search of purses, backpacks, briefcases, luggage and other large bags brought into the church or chapel, as well as pass through the metal detector.
At Rosenau Funeral Home & Crematory, about 60 percent of patrons still choose a traditional service, in a chapel with a program, funeral director Dustin Godfrey said.
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Did You Know?
Chapel is ultimately derived from the Late Latin word cappa, meaning "cloak." How did we get from a garment to a building? The answer to this question has to do with a shrine created to hold the sacred cloak of St. Martin of Tours. In Medieval Latin, this shrine was called "cappella" (from a diminutive of cappa meaning "short cloak or cape") in reference to the relic it contained. Later, the meaning of "cappella" broadened to include any building that housed a sacred relic, and eventually to a place of worship. Old French picked up the term as "chapele," which in turn passed into English as "chapel" in the 13th century. In case you are wondering, the term a cappella, meaning "without instrumental accompaniment," entered English from Italian, where it literally means "in chapel style."
Origin and Etymology of chapel
CHAPEL Defined for English Language Learners
: a small church
: a room or small building that is used for private church services or prayer by a family or group
: a room or area in a church that is used for prayer or small religious services
CHAPEL Defined for Kids
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