or car·rell

[ kar-uhl ]
/ ˈkær əl /
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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.
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Origin of carrel

1585–95; variant spelling of carol enclosure

Other definitions for carrel (2 of 2)

[ kuh-rel, kar-uhl; 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.
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How to use carrel in a sentence

  • On the eastern side is an additional wall, connected at its extremities with the first, enclosing ground for stables and carrell.

  • The carrell was placed so that it was closed at one end by one of the cloister windows and remained open at the other.

    The Story of Books|Gertrude Burford Rawlings
  • The easternmost carrell, however, differs a good deal from the others, and it may have been used as a book-closet.

    The Care of Books|John Willis Clark
  • Carrell was in identically the same position as the orator you speak of.

    Z. Marcas|Honore de Balzac

British Dictionary definitions for carrel (1 of 2)



/ (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

British Dictionary definitions for carrel (2 of 2)

/ (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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Medical 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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