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- 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.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Chan"cel (?), n. [OF.
chancel, F. chanceau, cancel, fr. L.
cancelli lattices, crossbars. (The chancel was
formerly inclosed with lattices or crossbars) See Cancel,
v. t.] (Arch.) (a)
That part of a church, reserved for the use of the clergy,
where the altar, or communion table, is placed. Hence, in
modern use; (b) All that part of a cruciform
church which is beyond the line of the transept farthest from the
Chancel aisle (Arch.), the aisle
which passes on either side of or around the chancel. --
Chancel arch (Arch.), the arch which
spans the main opening, leading to the chancel. --
Chancel casement, the principal window in a
chancel. Tennyson. -- Chancel
table, the communion table.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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