Definitions

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

  • noun The space around the altar of a church for the clergy and sometimes the choir, often enclosed by a lattice or railing.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Eccles., the inclosed space in a church surrounding the altar, and railed off from the choir; the sanctuary.
  • noun An inclosed space railed off in courts of judicature.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun That part of a church, reserved for the use of the clergy, where the altar, or communion table, is placed.
  • noun All that part of a cruciform church which is beyond the line of the transept farthest from the main front.
  • noun (Arch.) the aisle which passes on either side of or around the chancel.
  • noun (Arch.) the arch which spans the main opening, leading to the chancel.
  • noun the principal window in a chancel.
  • noun the communion table.

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

  • noun The space around the altar in a church, often enclosed, for use by the clergy and the choir. In medieval cathedrals the chancel was usually enclosed or blocked off from the nave by an altar screen.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun area around the altar of a church for the clergy and choir; often enclosed by a lattice or railing

Etymologies

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

[Middle English chauncel, from Old French chancel, from Late Latin cancellus, latticework, sing. of Latin cancellī; see cancel.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French.

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  • "He hurled the mirror fragments into the chancel." - 'Lanark', Alasdair Gray.

    December 4, 2007