[ sen-uh-kuh l ]
/ ˈsɛn ə kəl /


the room where the Last Supper took place.

Origin of cenacle

1375–1425; late Middle English < French cénacle < Latin cēnāculum top story, attic (orig., presumably, dining room), equivalent to cēnā(re) to dine (derivative of cēna dinner) + -culum -cle2
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Examples from the Web for cenacle

  • The painter was never seen till dinner-time, and his evenings were spent at the Cenacle among his friends.

    The Two Brothers|Honore de Balzac
  • When only eighteen he was introduced into the Romantic 'cenacle' at Nodier's.

  • He had studied with Liszt, although he was not a favorite of the master nor in his cenacle of worshipping pupils.

    Melomaniacs|James Huneker
  • She allowed John to escort her past the three crosses, along the way which He had trodden, back to the Cenacle.

    Mater Christi|Mother St. Paul

British Dictionary definitions for cenacle



/ (ˈsɛnəkəl) /


a supper room, esp one on an upper floor
(capital) the room in which the Last Supper took place

Word Origin for cenacle

C14: from Old French, from Late Latin cēnāculum, from cēna supper
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