The part of a church near the altar, reserved for the clergy and choir, and typically separated from the nave by steps or a screen.
More example sentences
- Then we begin stripping the altar and the entire chancel while the choir and the congregation chant Psalm 22 antiphonally.
- A wrought-iron screen dividing the chancel and the nave impresses beyond words.
- The wrought-iron rail separating the chancel and the nave at St Wilfrid's Church, in the shadow of York Minster, was created by celebrated craftsman Wilfrid Dowson in 1948.
Middle English: from Old French, from Latin cancelli 'crossbars'.
Definition of chancel in:
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