from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An ornamental hanging of rich fabric, as behind an altar.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A hanging of stuff, silk, satin, damask, or cloth of gold at the back of an altar and sometimes also at the sides of the chancel.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an ornamental hanging of rich fabric hung behind the altar of a church or at the sides of a chancel
"Constantine Fighting the Lion" from a twelve-piece set, plus baldachin with dossal, of the Story of Constantine Design and cartoon by Pietro da Cortona, ca. 1636
Leaning heavily upon the lady, at the end he won to her maiden's chamber, where there was a fair bed covered with a rich dossal of broidered silk, edged with fur.
And the Earl's old hawk, with its feathers all stiff and sparse, perched on the dossal of the Earl's chair and the floor was pranked with rushes and sweet herbs -- the first of the spring; and
When viewing voting constituencies, the most dossal and inactive people are found among the retired military members and their dependents.
Very beautiful, likewise, are the Maries that he made on the altar-dossal, lamenting the
After this, he painted the dossal of S. Cosimo and S. Damiano in the
Wherefore he presented the scene that he had wrought in bronze to Cosimo de 'Medici, who after a time had it placed on the dossal of the altar in the old S.cristy of S. Lorenzo, where it is to be found at present; and that of Donato was placed in the
And the Earl's old hawk, with its feathers all stiff and sparse, perched on the dossal of the Earl's chair and the floor was pranked with rushes and sweet herbs -- the first of the spring; and Githa's feet were on her stool, and she leaned her proud face on the small hand which proved her descent from the Dane, and rocked herself to and fro, and thought of her son Wolnoth in the court of the
a _dossal_ -- a decorated curtain of as rich material as circumstances will allow.
Our damsel spread it on the bed, because this dossal is richer than the coverlet that was there before. "
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