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

  • adjective Relating to or resembling confession.
  • noun A small enclosed stall in which a priest hears confessions.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or pertaining to a confession or creed.
  • Of or pertaining to the act or practice of confessing to a priest. See sacramental confession, under confession.
  • noun A small cabinet, stall, or box in a Roman Catholic church in which the priest sits to hear confessions.
  • noun Same as confession, 4.

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

  • adjective Pertaining to a confession of faith.
  • adjective equality before the law of persons confessing different creeds.
  • noun The recess, seat, or inclosed place, where a priest sits to hear confessions; often a small structure furnished with a seat for the priest and with a window or aperture so that the penitent who is outside may whisper into the priest's ear without being seen by him or heard by others.

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

  • adjective In the manner or style of a confession.
  • noun Roman Catholic church A small room where confession (the sacrament of reconciliation) is performed. Traditional architecture has used three adjacent rooms separated by gratings with sliding doors; the priest hearing the confessions sits in the middle room and alternately opens one of the doors to hear confession from the person kneeling on that side.

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

  • noun a booth where a priest sits to hear confessions


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