Chapel of ease
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 of ease — Ease Ease ([=e]z), n. [OE. ese, eise, F. aise; akin to Pr. ais, aise, OIt. asio, It. agio; of uncertain origin; cf. L. ansa handle, occasion, opportunity. Cf. {Agio}, {Disease}.] 1. Satisfaction; pleasure; hence, accommodation; entertainment.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Chapel of ease — A chapel of ease (sometimes chapel of ease ) is a church building other than the parish church, built within the bounds of a parish for the attendance of those who cannot reach the parish church conveniently. St Nicholas s Chapel in King s Lynn,… …   Wikipedia

  • chapel of ease —    1. a mortuary    Originally, a place of worship for the convenience of parishioners residing a long way from their parish church. Also as chapel of rest:     From undertaker tout court to funeral parlor to funeral home to chapel has been the… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • Chapel of ease — A church founded in that part of a parish with a new population, or on *assarted land, the original church being distant from newcomers. Not all such chapels became permanent, having only temporary licences. The AS called them field churches .… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • chapel of ease — Rom. Cath. Ch. a chapel in a remote part of a large parish, in which Mass is celebrated. [1530 40] * * * …   Universalium

  • chapel of ease — noun an Anglican chapel situated for the convenience of parishioners living a long distance from the parish church …   English new terms dictionary

  • chapel of ease — a chapel or dependent church built for the accommodation of an increasing parish …   Useful english dictionary

  • chapel of ease — Date: 1538 a chapel or dependent church built to accommodate an expanding parish …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • chapel of ease — A secondary church for the use of parishioners living at a distance from the principal one …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Chapel of Ease, Skinner Street —    See Ship Yard …   Dictionary of London

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