Definition of dossal in English:

dossal

Syllabification: dos·sal
Pronunciation: /ˈdäsəl
 
/

noun

  • 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.

Origin

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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