Chapel Chap"el, n. [OF. chapele, F. chapelle, fr. LL. capella, orig., a short cloak, hood, or cowl; later, a reliquary, sacred vessel, chapel; dim. of cappa, capa, cloak, cape, cope; also, a covering for the head. The chapel where St. Martin's cloak was preserved as a precious relic, itself came to be called capella, whence the name was applied to similar paces of worship, and the guardian of this cloak was called capellanus, or chaplain. See {Cap}, and cf. {Chaplain}., {Chaplet}.] 1. A subordinate place of worship; as, (a) a small church, often a private foundation, as for a memorial; (b) a small building attached to a church; (c) a room or recess in a church, containing an altar. [1913 Webster]

Note: In Catholic churches, and also in cathedrals and abbey churches, chapels are usually annexed in the recesses on the sides of the aisles. --Gwilt. [1913 Webster]

2. A place of worship not connected with a church; as, the chapel of a palace, hospital, or prison. [1913 Webster]

3. In England, a place of worship used by dissenters from the Established Church; a meetinghouse. [1913 Webster]

4. A choir of singers, or an orchestra, attached to the court of a prince or nobleman. [1913 Webster]

5. (Print.) (a) A printing office, said to be so called because printing was first carried on in England in a chapel near Westminster Abbey. (b) An association of workmen in a printing office. [1913 Webster]

{Chapel of ease}. (a) A chapel or dependent church built for the ease or a accommodation of an increasing parish, or for parishioners who live at a distance from the principal church. (b) A privy. (Law)

{Chapel master}, a director of music in a chapel; the director of a court or orchestra.

{To build a chapel} (Naut.), to chapel a ship. See {Chapel}, v. t., 2.

{To hold a chapel}, to have a meeting of the men employed in a printing office, for the purpose of considering questions affecting their interests. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Chapel — • When St. Martin divided his military cloak (cappa) and gave half to the beggar at the gate of Amiens, he wrapped the other half round his shoulders, thus making of it a cape (capella). This cape, or its representative, was afterwards preserved… …   Catholic encyclopedia

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  • chapel — [chap′əl] n. [ME & OFr chapelle < ML cappella, dim. of cappa, cape < LL: orig., sanctuary in which the cappa or cope of St. Martin was preserved; then, any sanctuary] 1. a place of Christian worship subordinate to and smaller than a church… …   English World dictionary

  • Chapel — Chap el, v. t. 1. To deposit or inter in a chapel; to enshrine. [Obs.] Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) To cause (a ship taken aback in a light breeze) so to turn or make a circuit as to recover, without bracing the yards, the same tack on… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chapel — (n.) early 13c., from O.Fr. chapele (12c., Mod.Fr. chapelle), from M.L. cappella chapel, sanctuary for relics, lit. little cape, dim. of L.L. cappa cape (see CAP (Cf. cap)); by tradition, originally in reference to the sanctuary in France in… …   Etymology dictionary

  • chapel — (Del fr. ant. chapel). m. ant. Cobertura de la cabeza, a modo de sombrero o bonete …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • chapel — ► NOUN 1) a small building for Christian worship, typically one attached to an institution or private house. 2) a part of a large church with its own altar and dedication. 3) Brit. a place of worship for Nonconformist congregations. 4) Brit. the… …   English terms dictionary

  • Chapel — (engl., spr. tschäppel), Kapelle; in England jede Kirche, die einer Dissidentengemeinde gehört …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Chapel — (engl., spr. tschäpp l), Kapelle …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

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