Definition of cenacle in English:


Line breaks: cen|acle
Pronunciation: /ˈsɛnək(ə)l


  • 1 formal A group of people such as a discussion group or literary clique.
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    • 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.
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    • 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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