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

  • n. An ornamental hanging of rich fabric, as behind an altar.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A hanging of stuff, silk, satin, damask, or cloth of gold at the back of an altar and sometimes also at the sides of the chancel.

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

  • n. an ornamental hanging of rich fabric hung behind the altar of a church or at the sides of a chancel


Medieval Latin dossāle, from neuter of dossālis, dorsal, from Late Latin dorsālis; see dorsal.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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