Definition of dossal in English:


Syllabification: dos·sal
Pronunciation: /ˈdäsəl


An ornamental cloth hung behind an altar in a church or at the sides of a chancel.
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  • Another work with Petrine iconography is a thirteenth-century dossal for, most likely, the little Florentine church.
  • These dossals have both been cut down at either end; they each most likely had two extra figures of saints.
  • Altar cloths and Communion lines were replaced regularly, it seemed, and dossals or backdrops have come and gone.


mid 17th century (denoting an ornamental cloth to cover the back of a seat): from medieval Latin dossale, from late Latin dorsalis 'on the back' (see dorsal).

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