What does chapel mean?

Definitions for chapel
ˈtʃæp əlchapel

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. chapelnoun

    a place of worship that has its own altar

  2. chapel service, chapelnoun

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

    "he was late for chapel"


  1. chapelnoun

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

  2. chapelnoun

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

  3. chapelnoun

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

  4. chapelnoun

    A trade union branch in UK printing or journalism.

  5. chapeladjective

    Describing a person who attends a nonconformist chapel.

    The village butcher is chapel.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CHAPELnoun

    A chapel is of two sorts, either adjoining to a church, as a parcel of the same, which men of worth build, or else separate from the mother church, where the parish is wide, and is commonly called a chapel of ease, because it is built for the ease of one or more parishioners, that dwell too far from the church, and is served by some inferiour curate, provided for at the charge of the rector, or of such as have benefit by it, as the composition or custom is. John Cowell

    Etymology: capella, Lat.

    She went in among those few trees, so closed in the tops together, as they might seem a little chapel. Philip Sidney.

    Will you dispatch us here under this tree, or shall we go with you to your chapel? William Shakespeare, As you like it.

    Where truth erecteth her church, he helps errour to rear up a chapel hard by. James Howell, Vocal Forest.

    A chapel will I build with large endowment. Dryden.

    A free chapel is such as is founded by the king of England. John Ayliffe, Parergon.


  1. chapel

    A chapel is a small building or room used for worship, typically one that is part of or affiliated with a larger religious institution such as a church, hospital, school, or prison. It's often a place reserved for prayer or religious services and may be characterized by Christian crosses or other religious symbols.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chapelnoun

    a subordinate place of worship

  2. Chapelnoun

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

  3. Chapelnoun

    a small building attached to a church

  4. Chapelnoun

    a room or recess in a church, containing an altar

  5. Chapelnoun

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

  6. Chapelnoun

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

  7. Chapelnoun

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

  8. Chapelnoun

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

  9. Chapelnoun

    an association of workmen in a printing office

  10. Chapelverb

    to deposit or inter in a chapel; to enshrine

  11. Chapelverb

    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. Etymology: [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.]

Etymology and Origins

  1. Chapel

    A printers’ meeting held in the composing-room, so called because Caxton set up the first English press in a disused chapel of Westminster Abbey. The presiding workman is styled “The Father of the Chapel.”

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Chapel is ranked #13300 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Chapel surname appeared 2,293 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Chapel.

    74.4% or 1,706 total occurrences were White.
    15.4% or 355 total occurrences were Black.
    6.7% or 155 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.3% or 54 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.5% or 13 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.4% or 10 total occurrences were Asian.

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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 for chapel »

  1. pleach

  2. lepcha

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  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

Examples of chapel in a Sentence

  1. Read MoreStrong:

    I've got to beat Donald Trump, I don't have time to go to Brown Chapel.'.

  2. James Cawley:

    For 26 years I have been on stage, i'm not the guy that would marry you in the chapel in Vegas, but I'm the guy that has an orchestra and plays in casinos.

  3. Antonio Berumen:

    It is aimed at people who would maybe never be able to travel to Rome, and will have the opportunity to experience being inside the chapel.

  4. Joe Jonas:

    We loved it. We thought it was ridiculous, i just love that he was walking into the chapel and he's like,' Gon na hit this wedding right quick.'.

  5. Buckingham Palace:

    Her Majesty The Queen has kindly given permission for the ceremony to take place at The Chapel Royal, St James's Palace, the ceremony will be followed by a private reception, given by the queen, in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.

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