Chancel 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 main front. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • chancel — chanceled, chancelled, adj. /chan seuhl, chahn /, n. the space about the altar of a church, usually enclosed, for the clergy and other officials. [1275 1325; ME < MF < LL cancellus lattice, railing or screen before the altar of a church, L… …   Universalium

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