An ornamental cloth hung behind an altar in a church or at the sides of a chancel.
More example sentences
- 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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