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[se-dahy-lee] /sɛˈdaɪ li/
noun, plural sedilia
[se-dil-ee-uh] /sɛˈdɪl i ə/ (Show IPA).
one of the seats (usually three) on the south side of the chancel, often recessed, for the use of the officiating clergy.
Origin of sedile
1785-95; < Latin sedīle sitting-place, equivalent to sed(ēre) to sit1 + -īle neuter noun suffix Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • At the E. end is a piscina and a sedile, each under an elaborate triple ogee canopy.

    Somerset G.W. Wade and J.H. Wade
  • The sanctuary contains a sedile and piscina, and a stoup and a rougher piscina will be found in the nave.

    Somerset G.W. Wade and J.H. Wade
  • Note the old font which was evidently at one time coloured; also the aumbry, piscina and sedile.

    Seaward Sussex Edric Holmes
  • This is beneath a sept-foiled arch, beside which is another strangely irregular (p. 210) arch over a sedile.

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