tran·​sept | \ ˈtran(t)-ˌsept How to pronounce transept (audio) \

Definition of transept

: the part of a cruciform church that crosses at right angles to the greatest length between the nave and the apse or choir also : either of the projecting ends of a transept

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transeptal \ tran(t)-​ˈsep-​tᵊl How to pronounce transeptal (audio) \ adjective

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This was considered such a success that it was repeated some 15 years later on the south transept. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Notre Dame Cathedral Will Never Be the Same—and That's Ok," 19 Apr. 2019 Work began on the transept facades, which were completed by his successor, Pierre de Montreuil. National Geographic, "An 800-year history of Paris's Notre Dame Cathedral," 15 Apr. 2019 At some point thereafter, a decision was made to add transepts at the choir, where the altar is, to bring more light into the center of the church. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Notre Dame Cathedral Will Never Be the Same—and That's Ok," 19 Apr. 2019 Yet this monument to Baroque Classicism is actually constructed upon a Gothic cruciform footprint—a long central nave running from west to east intersected by a transept. Barrymore Laurence Scherer, WSJ, "A Symbol of Britain’s Will to Survive," 11 May 2018 The impact of the restoration is particularly noticeable because the walls of the transept, at the center of the cathedral, have yet to be cleaned. Benjamin Ramm, New York Times, "A Controversial Restoration That Wipes Away the Past," 1 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of transept

circa 1542, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for transept

New Latin transeptum, from Latin trans- + septum, saeptum enclosure, wall

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English Language Learners Definition of transept

: the shorter area that goes across and sticks out from the long part of a church and that gives the church the shape of a cross when it is viewed from above

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