Definitions for chapelˈtʃæp əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

chap•elˈtʃæp əl(n.)

  1. a private or subordinate place of prayer or worship; oratory.

    Category: Religion

  2. a separately dedicated part of a church, or a small independent churchlike edifice, devoted to special services.

    Category: Religion, Architecture

  3. a room or building for worship in an institution, palace, etc.

    Category: Religion, Architecture

  4. (in Great Britain) a place of worship for members of various dissenting Protestant churches, as Baptists or Methodists.

    Category: Religion

  5. a separate place of public worship dependent on the church of a parish.

    Category: Religion

  6. Chiefly Brit. the members of a trade union in a print shop.

Origin of chapel:

1175–1225; ME chapele < OF < LL cappella hooded cloak

Princeton's WordNet

  1. chapel(noun)

    a place of worship that has its own altar

  2. chapel service, chapel(noun)

    a service conducted in a place of worship that has its own altar

    "he was late for chapel"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. chapel(noun)ʧˈæpəl

    a small church


  1. chapel(Noun)

    A place of worship, smaller than, or subordinate to a church.

  2. chapel(Noun)

    A place of worship in a civil institution such as an airport, prison etc.

  3. chapel(Noun)

    A funeral home, or a room in one for holding funeral services.

  4. chapel(Noun)

    A trade union branch in UK printing or journalism.

  5. chapel(Adjective)

    Describing a person who attends a nonconformist chapel.

    The village butcher is chapel.

  6. Origin: From chapele, from cappella, diminutive of cappa.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chapel(noun)

    a subordinate place of worship

  2. Chapel(noun)

    a small church, often a private foundation, as for a memorial

  3. Chapel(noun)

    a small building attached to a church

  4. Chapel(noun)

    a room or recess in a church, containing an altar

  5. Chapel(noun)

    a place of worship not connected with a church; as, the chapel of a palace, hospital, or prison

  6. Chapel(noun)

    in England, a place of worship used by dissenters from the Established Church; a meetinghouse

  7. Chapel(noun)

    a choir of singers, or an orchestra, attached to the court of a prince or nobleman

  8. Chapel(noun)

    a printing office, said to be so called because printing was first carried on in England in a chapel near Westminster Abbey

  9. Chapel(noun)

    an association of workmen in a printing office

  10. Chapel(verb)

    to deposit or inter in a chapel; to enshrine

  11. Chapel(verb)

    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 which she had been sailing


  1. Chapel

    A chapel is a religious place of fellowship, prayer and worship – most often associated with interfaith worship services. It may be part of a larger structure or complex, such as a church, synagogue, college, hospital, palace, prison or funeral home, located on board a military or commercial ship, or it may be an entirely free-standing building, sometimes with its own grounds. Many military installations have chapels for the use of military personnel, normally under the leadership of a military chaplain. Until the Protestant Reformation, a chapel denoted a place of worship that was either at a secondary location that was not the main responsibility of the local parish priest, or that belonged to a person or institution. Most larger churches had one or more secondary altars, which if they occupied a distinct space, would often be called a chapel. Although chapels frequently refer to Christian places of worship, they are also commonly found in Jewish synagogues and do not necessarily connote a specific denomination. Non-denominational chapels are commonly encountered as part of a non-religious institution such as a hospital, airport, university, prison or military installation. In England, where the Church of England is established by law, nondenominational or inter-faith chapels in such institutions may nonetheless be consecrated by the local Anglican bishop.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'chapel' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4558

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'chapel' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4719

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'chapel' in Nouns Frequency: #1680

Anagrams of chapel

  1. pleach

Translations for chapel

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a place of Christian worship eg attached to an institution

a college chapel.

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