What does chapel mean?

Definitions for chapelˈtʃæp əl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word chapel.

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"


  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

  12. Origin: [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. 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Chapel

    chap′el, n. a place of worship inferior or subordinate to a regular church, or attached to a palace, garrison, prison, school, college, &c.: an oratory in a mausoleum, &c., or a cell of a church containing its own altar: a dissenters' place of worship, as of Nonconformists in England, Roman Catholics or Episcopalians in Scotland, &c.: a chapel service—hence 'to keep one's chapels'—to make the requisite number of attendances at such: an association of workmen in a printing-office.—n. Chap′elry, the jurisdiction of a chapel.—Chapel cart (see Cart).—Chapel of ease, a chapel for worshippers far from the parish church; Chapel Royal, the oratory of a royal palace; Lady chapel, such a chapel dedicated to the Virgin; Proprietary chapel, one that is the property of a private person or persons. [O. Fr. capele—Low L. cappella, dim. of cappa, a cloak or cope; orig. from the cloak of St Martin.]

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of chapel in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of chapel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Danish proverb:

    Where God has his church the Devil will have his chapel.

  2. Miss Martin:

    We want them to bring back the flag as they originally planned to do, it’s a Veteran’s Day Chapel and if someone is uncomfortable with the flag, it is unlikely they would go to the chapel in the first place.

  3. Zahra Billoo:

    I don't know that I've ever seen this many vigils come together this quickly and be so well attended, it gives me relief that the three young people in Chapel Hill inspired so much mobilization and love and activism.

  4. Church Elder L. Whitney Clayton:

    For instance, if you walk down the hallway in an LDS chapel, a Mormon church, and look at the Sunday school classes, you're going to see windows in the doorways into those Sunday school classes so people can look inside and walk by.

  5. Antonio Paolucci:

    Because I got to see the Sistine Chapel like I had never seen it before, this light allows you to see every little detail of the paintings and at the same time it allows you to grasp and experience the Sistine Chapel as a whole, in its entirety.

Images & Illustrations of chapel

Translations for chapel

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for chapel »


Find a translation for the chapel definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these chapel definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"chapel." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2017. Web. 18 Oct. 2017. <http://www.definitions.net/definition/chapel>.

Are we missing a good definition for chapel? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for chapel:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.