American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One of a set of seats, usually three, provided in some Roman Catholic and Anglican churches for the use of the presiding clergy, traditionally placed on the epistle side of the choir near the altar, and in Gothic-style churches often built into the wall.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Eccles., one of the seats within the sanctuary provided originally or specifically for the celebrant of the mass (or holy communion) and his assistants. The sedilia are typically three in number, for the use of the priest, the deacon, and the subdeacon, and in England are often recesses constructed in the south wall of the chancel, and generally enriched with carving. The name is sometimes also used for non-structural seats serving the same purpose. The singular Sedile is little used. See cut on following page.
- Latin sedīle, seat, from sedēre, to sit; see sed- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“With a suppedaneum and a sedile, breathing was easier and the problem became dehydration and thirst, with the crucified man more likely to die from a combination of thirst and exposure, rather than asphyxia.”
“A footrest or even a little seat or sedile was fashioned as a block of wood and nailed to the upright crossbeam so the man could rest his buttocks.”
“Almanac (1676) and we find it alluded to in Boccaccio, the classical sedile which according to scoffers has formed the papal chair (a curule seat) ever since the days of Pope Joan, when it has been held advisable for one of the Cardinals to ascertain that His”
“Secundum moenia locus erat frondosis populis opacus, vitibusque sponte natis, tenuis prope aqua defluebat, placide murmurans, ubi sedile et domus Democriti conspiciebatur.”
“Ingredienti: una discoteca, una tipa drogata, un sedile del water ad alta tecnologia.”
“Elfride, in turning her head, saw something shine weakly from a crevice in the rocky sedile.”
“The Chancel is Early English, with an inserted Perpendicular east window; there is a double sedile under one trefoil arch, and a double piscina in the south wall.”
“The same situation similarly described at _Fast_ I 81-82 'iamque noui praeeunt fasces, noua purpura fulget,/et noua conspicuum pondera sentit ebur'; compare as well _Med Fac_ 13 'matrona _premens altum_ rubicunda sedile' and _Met_ V 317 'factaque de uiuo _pressere_ sedilia saxo'.”
“Cæsar, expenditures as sedile; and Curio; secures Curio as agent in Rome; unprepared for civil war;”
“Our Lady in the centre of the design is seated on a Byzantine _sedile_ with the infant”
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