Definition of ceil in English:

ceil

Line breaks: ceil
Pronunciation: /siːl
 
/

verb

[with object] archaic
Line or plaster the roof of (a building): the nave has been ceiled in wood
More example sentences
  • Following the two down a neat, gravel path, up a set of wide steps, and, after taking a deep breath, I went through the French doors into a marble-tiled, high ceiled sage hallway.
  • There is as much misery riding and driving about in carriages as there is walking about on foot: there is as much unhappiness in ceiled houses as in humble cottages.

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'line the interior of a room with plaster or panelling'): perhaps related to Latin celare, French céler 'conceal'.

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