- an apse, as of a Gothic cathedral.
Origin of chevet
1800–10; < French, earlier chevès, Old French chevez ≪ Latin capitium opening or covering for the head. See caput
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Examples from the Web for chevet
The first light in the Lyons chevet celebrates the local martyrs.
Beyond the chevet stood a tower of which the actual one is a replica.
The chapels of the chevet were finished at the end of the 13th or beginning of the 14th century.The Churches of Paris
S. Sophia Beale
Such deeds were not uncommon, and Chevet had made no friends to cherish his memory.
My father died in that faith, Monsieur, but Chevet called me a beggar.
- a semicircular or polygonal east end of a church, esp a French Gothic church, often with a number of attached apses
C19: from French: pillow, from Latin capitium, from caput head
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