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carrel

or car·rell

[kar-uh l]
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noun
  1. Also called cubicle, stall. a small recess or enclosed area in a library stack, designed for individual study or reading.
  2. a table or desk with three sides extending above the writing surface to serve as partitions, designed for individual study, as in a library.
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Origin of carrel

1585–95; variant spelling of carol enclosure

Carrel

[kuh-rel, kar-uh l; French ka-rel]
noun
  1. A·lex·is [uh-lek-sis; French a-lek-see] /əˈlɛk sɪs; French a lɛkˈsi/, 1873–1944, French surgeon and biologist, in U.S. 1905–39: Nobel Prize 1912.
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Related Words for carrel

box, counter, pew, hut, stall, corner, cubicle, slot, alcove, locker, cell, chamber, carriage, niche, recess, section, nook, pocket, cranny, place

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Historical Examples of carrel

  • Girardin asked Carrel to wait until he also could have a friend present.

    Old and New Paris, v. 1

    Henry Sutherland Edwards

  • Sir, replied Carrel, I can never regard a duel as a bonne fortune.

    Old and New Paris, v. 1

    Henry Sutherland Edwards

  • Carrel made the fire, boiled the water, and prepared our coffee.

  • She used to sit at Carrel's, and during the pose she would sing.

    Trilby

    George Du Maurier

  • Carrel placed a chair for her before the table and resumed his own.

    A Bed of Roses

    W. L. George


British Dictionary definitions for carrel

carrel

carrell

noun
  1. a small individual study room or private desk, often in a library, where a student or researcher can work undisturbed
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Word Origin for carrel

C16: a variant of carol

Carrel

noun
  1. 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

n.

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.

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carrel in Medicine

Carrel

(kə-rĕl, kărəl)Alexis 1873-1944
  1. 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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