- (in a church) a screen dividing one area from another, as a chapel from an aisle.
Compare rood screen.
Origin of parclose
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Examples from the Web for parclose
At Wensley we saw the carved sides of what was once their parclose.
Great inconvenience often arises from the exclusive character of the parclose.Stones of the Temple
The Parclose Screen, separating the choir from the presbytery, is a peculiar feature of this Cathedral.The Cathedrals of Great Britain
P. H. Ditchfield
The carved sides of this were originally part of the parclose by which the tombs of the Scropes were surrounded in Easby Abbey.
The people occupy the choir, hemmed in between these rails and the parclose screens under the side arches.Some Account of Gothic Architecture in Spain
George Edmund Street
- a screen or railing in a church separating off an altar, chapel, etc
C14: from Old French, noun use of past participle of parclore to close off; see per-, close 1
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