Synonyms for chancel

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The nave, then as now, was the charge of the parish; the chancel, of the rector.

Saxon arches separating the nave from the aisles and chancel are plain.

Many were cruciform, and consisted of nave, transepts, and chancel.

She saw them sitting in their pew far down toward the chancel.

Brother Paul was sitting in the chancel with a lamp on the stall by his side.

The old place was dimly lighted, but the brothers occupied the chancel only.

It was evening service, and the nave was thronged from chancel to porch.

Simultaneously from the chancel came a great cry: "Libera nos, Domine!"

Screening it with my hand, I retraced my steps and regained the chancel.

The chancel vault has many ribs, most of which are also twisted.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "part of the church around the altar," from Old French chancel, from Late Latin cancellus "lattice," from Latin cancelli (plural) "grating, bars" (see cancel); sense extended in Late Latin from the lattice-work that separated the choir from the nave in a church to the space itself.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR CHANCEL

cathedral

nounlarge church

sanctuary

nounchurch; holiest room or area in religious building
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