dos·​sal ˈdä-səl How to pronounce dossal (audio)
variants or or dossel
: an ornamental cloth hung behind and above an altar

Word History


Medieval Latin dossale, dorsale, from neuter of Late Latin dorsalis dorsal

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dossal was in 1851

Dictionary Entries Near dossal

Cite this Entry

“Dossal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!