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[sen-uh-kuh l] /ˈsɛn ə kəl/
the room where the Last Supper took place.
Origin of cenacle
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < French cénacle < Latin cēnāculum top story, attic (orig., presumably, dining room), equivalent to cēnā(re) to dine (derivative of cēna dinner) + -culum -cle2 Unabridged
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  • When only eighteen he was introduced into the Romantic 'cenacle' at Nodier's.

    Child of a Century, Complete Alfred de Musset
  • He had studied with Liszt, although he was not a favorite of the master nor in his cenacle of worshipping pupils.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • The painter was never seen till dinner-time, and his evenings were spent at the cenacle among his friends.

    The Two Brothers Honore de Balzac
  • She allowed John to escort her past the three crosses, along the way which He had trodden, back to the cenacle.

    Mater Christi Mother St. Paul
British Dictionary definitions for cenacle


a supper room, esp one on an upper floor
(capital) the room in which the Last Supper took place
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Late Latin cēnāculum, from cēna supper
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Word Origin and History for cenacle

c.1400, from Old French cenacle, variant of cenaille (14c., Modern French cénacle), from Latin cenaculum "dining room," from cena "mid-day meal, afternoon meal," literally "portion of food," from PIE *kert-sna-, from root *(s)ker- "to cut" (see shear (v.)). Latin cenaculum was used in the Vulgate for the "upper room" where the Last Supper was eaten.

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