Share this entry
misericord Line breaks: mis¦eri|cord
Pronunciation: /mɪˈzɛrɪkɔːd/

Definition of misericord in English:


1A ledge projecting from the underside of a hinged seat in a choir stall which, when the seat is turned up, gives support to someone standing.
Example sentences
  • The sixty-two misericords or priests' seats, carved with everything from lions to scenes of everyday life, are believed to be of 1390.
  • Weak light filters in through stained glass and creates deep shadows among the pews and misericords.
  • These appear in the stained glass windows, stone column capitals, decorated ends of pews, or even the misericords carved on the bottom of hinged church seats.
2 historical An apartment in a monastery in which some relaxations of the monastic rule were permitted.
3 historical A small dagger used to deliver a death stroke to a wounded enemy.


Middle English (denoting pity): from Old French misericorde, from Latin misericordia, from misericors 'compassionate', from the stem of misereri 'to pity' + cor, cord- 'heart'.

Definition of misericord in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources