plural sedilia
: one of usually three seats in the chancel of a church near the altar used by officiating clergy during intervals of a service and in an English church usually placed in a recess in the south wall

Word History


Latin, seat, from sedēre to sit

First Known Use

1793, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sedile was in 1793

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“Sedile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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