from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A clique or circle, especially of writers.
- n. A small dining room, usually on an upper floor.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a dining room, especially one on an upper floor (traditionally the room in which the Last Supper took place)
- n. a small circle or gathering of specialists (writers etc); a clique
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A dining-room; specifically, the room in which the Last Supper was eaten.
French cénacle, from Old French cenacle, the room where the Last Supper took place, from Latin cēnāculum, dining room, garret, from cēna, meal; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots. Sense 2 Middle English, from Old French, from Latin cēnāculum.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)