from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small chapel or porch at the western end of a medieval English church.
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- n. A narthex, particularly in the United Kingdom and the Church of England; a vestibule, a fully-enclosed yet porch-like structure, leading to the main body of an English ecclesiastical building.
- n. In certain Syriac Christian churches, the baptistry.
Middle English galile, from Old North French galilee, from Medieval Latin galilaea, from Latin Galilaea, Galilee.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)