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Pronunciation: /ˈtʃap(ə)l

Definition of chapel in English:


1A small building or room used for Christian worship in a school, prison, hospital, or large private house: a service in the chapel
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  • He even managed to convert one hardened criminal to Christianity, becoming Godfather to his daughter christened in the prison chapel wearing an old wedding dress.
  • After six weeks his parents, Michelle and Steve, organised an emergency Christening at the hospital chapel.
  • He is dean of the chapel and professor of Christian ministry at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.
1.1A part of a large church or cathedral with its own altar and dedication: the first chapel on the right of the cathedral is dedicated to St Ludmila
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  • Nothing is known about him; he was clearly familiar with Franco-Flemish painting, but his main debt is to the earlier court school in Bohemia, at Karltejn and in the chapels of the cathedral in Prague.
  • The passageway is lit by a ribbon of alabaster above and subtly punctuated by the cathedral's devotional chapels, which are arranged along the inner walls.
  • The training of musicians was undertaken within professional musical families, in the conservatories in Naples and Palermo, or at the chapels of the leading cathedrals.
1.2British A place of worship for Nonconformist congregations: she went to chapel twice on Sunday
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  • In Britain many were based on parish churches or, especially, Nonconformist chapels; the celebrated Huddersfield Choral Society was founded in 1836.
  • The nonconformist chapels, moral beacons to many in the Victorian heyday, were now suffering from falling membership, declining funds, and diminished authority.
  • Church-building was matched by equally rapid growth of nonconformist chapels.
1.3A small building or room used for funeral services: the funeral was in the chapel at Broadfoot Brothers Funeral Home
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  • She was her way to the chapel where the funeral services were being held.
  • The eastern, public strip is a wide hall, terminated at its southern end by the funerary chapel, where the services are held.
  • The funeral ended and the mourners exited the chapel.
1.4US A chapel of rest.
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  • His first job was renovating the chapel in a local funeral home.
  • Long before the funeral hour the street in front of the undertaker's chapel was crowded.
2British The members or branch of a print or newspaper trade union at a particular place of work: Mr Brind was the head of the BBC’s NUJ chapel
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  • The National Union of Journalists has a chapel of over 50 members and is growing.
  • Activists talked about the need for the union's workplace chapels and geographic branches to ‘adopt’ a local BBC workplace.
  • Lucie McFall is a Bolton Evening News reporter and joint mother of the chapel.


British informal Back to top  
Belonging to or regularly attending a Nonconformist chapel: staunch chapel folk
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  • ‘It is a benefit,’ she stated, then felt she should add that, being chapel, she was not one for the theatre herself.
  • He was in disfavor with her father and with all the other chapel folk.
  • In England and Wales people considered themselves either ‘church’ or ‘chapel’.


Middle English: from Old French chapele, from medieval Latin cappella, diminutive of cappa 'cap or cape' (the first chapel being a sanctuary in which St Martin's cloak was preserved).

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