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chevet Line breaks: che¦vet
Pronunciation: /ʃəˈveɪ/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

Definition of chevet in English:


(In large churches) an apse with an ambulatory giving access behind the high altar to a series of chapels set in bays.
Example sentences
  • It took considerable architectural and engineering skill to bridge a substantial change of levels, but the result was one of the most splendid chevets of France.
  • The style of the choir, imitating the polygonal structure of the chevets of medieval churches, was most likely chosen to blend in with the dynamic composition of the nave.
  • It is characterised by its basilical layout with narrow aisles, its three vaulted apses and the functional and harmonious sobriety of the ‘lombardic band’ decoration of the chevets.


Early 19th century: from French, literally 'pillow', from Latin capitium, from caput 'head'.

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