Definition of cenacle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɛnək(ə)l/


1 formal A group of people such as a discussion group or literary clique.
Example sentences
  • Missionary cenacles generally meet in the houses of their members, or wherever they can.
  • He continued, saying the Communities were called to be cenacles of prayer.
  • It is in the cenacle that the Church is born.
2The room in which the Last Supper was held.
Example sentences
  • Franciscan monks cared for the Cenacle from 1333 to 1552 when the Turks captured Jerusalem and banished all Christians.
  • The Cenacle is divided by three pillars into three naves.
  • In his thinking, the "site, therefore, must be secure, for it has been the only candidate for the Cenacle (Coenaculum or dining hall) from primitive Christianity until today."


Late Middle English: from Old French cenacle, from Latin cenaculum, from cena 'dinner'.

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