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or carrell

[kar-uh l] /ˈkær əl/
Also called cubicle, stall. a small recess or enclosed area in a library stack, designed for individual study or reading.
a table or desk with three sides extending above the writing surface to serve as partitions, designed for individual study, as in a library.
Origin of carrel
1585-95; variant spelling of carol enclosure


[kuh-rel, kar-uh l; French ka-rel] /kəˈrɛl, ˈkær əl; French kaˈrɛl/
[uh-lek-sis;; French a-lek-see] /əˈlɛk sɪs;; French a lɛkˈsi/ (Show IPA),
1873–1944, French surgeon and biologist, in U.S. 1905–39: Nobel Prize 1912. Unabridged
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  • The brilliant carrel has kept tissue cells of animals alive outside of the body for the past three years.

    How to Live Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk
  • Sir, replied carrel, I can never regard a duel as a bonne fortune.

    Old and New Paris, v. 1 Henry Sutherland Edwards
  • Three days later, carrel and I, with two men from Breuil, tried again.

    The Silent Barrier Louis Tracy
  • carrel made the fire, boiled the water, and prepared our coffee.

  • Near Figuires the legion was compelled to surrender, and carrel became the prisoner of his old general, Damas.

  • carrel opened the door for her and ceremoniously bowed her out.

    A Bed of Roses W. L. George
  • The loss of carrel was deeply felt, and his funeral was attended by multitudes of the Parisians.

    Paris: With Pen and Pencil David W. Bartlett
  • I'm personal secretary to Mr. carrel Quire, and it's really his car.

    Mr. Prohack E. Arnold Bennett
  • I thought of summoning carrel, and pursuing them; but the worthy man sat quietly, and seemed to have had enough of it.

  • It was her foolishness that had transferred her from Mr. carrel Quire to himself.

    Mr. Prohack E. Arnold Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for carrel


a small individual study room or private desk, often in a library, where a student or researcher can work undisturbed
Word Origin
C16: a variant of carol


/kəˈrɛl; ˈkærəl; French karɛl/
Alexis (əˈlɛksɪs; French alɛksi). 1873–1944, French surgeon and biologist, active in the US (1905–39): developed a method of suturing blood vessels, making the transplantation of arteries and organs possible: Nobel prize for physiology or medicine 1912
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Word Origin and History for carrel

1590s, "study in a cloister," from Medieval Latin carula "small study in a cloister," of unknown origin; perhaps from Latin corolla "little crown, garland," used in various senses of "ring" (e.g. of Stonehenge: "þis Bretons renged about þe feld, þe karole of þe stones beheld," 1330); extended to precincts and spaces enclosed by rails, etc. Specific sense of "private cubicle in a library" is from 1919.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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carrel in Medicine

Carrel Car·rel (kə-rěl', kār'əl), Alexis. 1873-1944.

French-born American surgeon and biologist. He won a 1912 Nobel Prize for his work on vascular ligature and grafting of blood vessels and organs.

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