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ˈtʃæn səl, ˈtʃɑn-chan·cel

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. chancel, sanctuary, bemanoun

    area around the altar of a church for the clergy and choir; often enclosed by a lattice or railing

Wiktionary

  1. chancelnoun

    The space around the altar in a church, often enclosed, for use by the clergy and the choir. In medieval cathedrals the chancel was usually enclosed or blocked off from the nave by an altar screen.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chancelverb

    that part of a church, reserved for the use of the clergy, where the altar, or communion table, is placed

    Etymology: [OF. chancel, F. chanceau, cancel, fr. L. cancelli lattices, crossbars. (The chancel was formerly inclosed with lattices or crossbars) See Cancel, v. t.]

  2. Chancelverb

    all that part of a cruciform church which is beyond the line of the transept farthest from the main front

    Etymology: [OF. chancel, F. chanceau, cancel, fr. L. cancelli lattices, crossbars. (The chancel was formerly inclosed with lattices or crossbars) See Cancel, v. t.]

Freebase

  1. Chancel

    In church architecture, the chancel is the space around the altar in the sanctuary at the liturgical east end of a traditional Christian church building. It may terminate in an apse. Following the exposition of the doctrine of transubstantiation at the fourth Lateran Council of 1215, clergy were required to ensure that the blessed sacrament was to be kept protected from irreverent access or abuse; and accordingly the area of the church used by the lay congregation was to be screened off from that used by the clergy. This distinction was enforced by the development of canon law, by which the construction and upkeep of the chancel was the responsibility of the rector, whereas the construction and upkeep of the nave was the responsibility of the parish. As well as the altar, the chancel usually houses the credence table and seats for officiating and assisting ministers. In Anglican and Methodist churches it will usually include the choir. In some traditions, the pulpit and lectern may be in the chancel, but in others these functions are considered proper to the nave. The chancel is typically raised somewhat above the level of the nave, where the congregation gathers. It may be separated from the nave by a rood screen, a rail, or an open space. In some churches, the congregation may gather on three sides or in a semicircle around the chancel.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Chancel

    chan′sel, n. the eastern part of a church, originally separated from the nave by a screen of lattice-work, so as to prevent general access thereto, though not to interrupt either sight or sound. [O. Fr.,—L. cancelli, lattices.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of chancel in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of chancel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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