Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A clique or circle, especially of writers.
  • noun A small dining room, usually on an upper floor.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A dining-room; specifically, the room in which the Last Supper was eaten.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a dining room, especially one on an upper floor (traditionally the room in which the Last Supper took place)
  • noun by extension a small circle or gathering of specialists (writers etc); a clique

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[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- in Indo-European roots. Sense 2, Middle English, from Old French, from Latin cēnāculum.]

Examples

  • And today, St. Peter's Square is like a "cenacle" open to heaven, filled with the faithful, many of whom are members of Italian Catholic Action, whom I will address after the Marian prayer of the Regina Caeli.

    Archive 2008-05-04

  • And today, St. Peter's Square is like a "cenacle" open to heaven, filled with the faithful, many of whom are members of Italian Catholic Action, whom I will address after the Marian prayer of the Regina Caeli.

    Archive 2008-05-01

  • When only eighteen he was introduced into the Romantic 'cenacle' at Nodier's.

    The Confession of a Child of the Century — Complete

  • Several days before their wedding, Gianna wrote to Pietro, reflecting on their vocation to marriage: With God's help and blessing, we will do all we can to make our new family a little cenacle where Jesus will reign over all our affections, desires and actions ....

    Saints

  • Several days before their wedding, Gianna wrote to Pietro, reflecting on their vocation to marriage: With God's help and blessing, we will do all we can to make our new family a little cenacle where Jesus will reign over all our affections, desires and actions ....

    Life Issues

  • Standing in this hallowed place, alongside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which marks the site where our crucified Lord rose from the dead for all humanity, and near the cenacle, where on the day of Pentecost "they were all together in one place" Acts 2:1, who could not feel impelled to bring the fullness of goodwill, sound scholarship and spiritual desire to our ecumenical endeavors?

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • After the Ascension the first disciples remain together in the cenacle around the Mother of Jesus in fervent expectation of the gift of the Holy Spirit promised by Jesus cf.

    Archive 2008-05-04

  • After the Ascension the first disciples remain together in the cenacle around the Mother of Jesus in fervent expectation of the gift of the Holy Spirit promised by Jesus cf.

    Archive 2008-05-01

  • This community found itself gathered together again in the same place, the cenacle, on the morning of the Jewish feast of Pentecost, a feast of the covenant, in which there was commemorated the event on Sinai where, through Moses, God proposed that Israel be his property among all the nations, to be a sign of his holiness cf.

    Archive 2008-05-11

  • The insistence on the chronological date of the two appearances shows the Evangelist John's intention to present Jesus' meeting with his followers in the cenacle as a prototype of the Church's Sunday assembly.

    Archive 2008-03-30

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  • Room where the Last Supper was eaten. (from Phrontistery)

    May 25, 2008

  • A clique or coterie, especially of writers.

    June 28, 2008

  •      —where sparrows splash

    a generation of fine mercers trained to be

    the only hosts a prim cénacle knew—

    —Peter Porter, 'Dragons in their Pleasant Palaces', in the volume of the same name

    This would have looked more familiar in the English spelling without the accent, but the use of the French form is unexpected.

    March 29, 2009

  • "Living words of experience, officialdom laid bare, toothless mouths accustomed to chewing furtive speech in rage at a ghetto of words with its rules and laws, at the foundation of a cenacle in need of a Judas."

    Talismano by Abdelwahab Meddeb, translated by Jane Kuntz, p 75 of the Dalkey Archive Press paperback

    September 23, 2011

  • Brainstorming should be ecumenical.

    Diversity’s brew is alchemical;

    It needs lively minds

    Of varying kinds

    Assembled with drinks in a cenacle.

    February 24, 2019