or car·rell

[ kar-uh l ]
/ ˈkær əl /


Also called cubicle, stall. a small recess or enclosed area in a library stack, designed for individual study or reading.
a table or desk with three sides extending above the writing surface to serve as partitions, designed for individual study, as in a library.

Nearby words

  1. carranza,
  2. carranza, venustiano,
  3. carrara,
  4. carrara marble,
  5. carrefour,
  6. carrel, alexis,
  7. carrera,
  8. carreras,
  9. carreta,
  10. carrey

Origin of carrel

1585–95; variant spelling of carol enclosure


[ kuh-rel, kar-uh l; French ka-rel ]
/ kəˈrɛl, ˈkær əl; French kaˈrɛl /


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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for carrel



/ (ˈkærəl) /


a small individual study room or private desk, often in a library, where a student or researcher can work undisturbed

Word Origin for carrel

C16: a variant of carol


/ (kəˈrɛl, ˈkærəl, French karɛl) /


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



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for carrel


[ kə-rĕl, kărəl ]
Alexis 1873-1944

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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