- the space about the altar of a church, usually enclosed, for the clergy and other officials.
Origin of chancel
Examples from the Web for chancel
My chair was near the chancel rail, I now turned toward the west end of the church.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
Since 1996, Bolding has been director of the Chancel Choir (renamed The Inspirational Voices of Abyssinian in 2008).Women in the World Speakers
The Daily Beast
March 8, 2010
The nave, then as now, was the charge of the parish; the chancel, of the rector.Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II
Charlotte Mary Yonge
Saxon arches separating the nave from the aisles and chancel are plain.
Many were cruciform, and consisted of nave, transepts, and chancel.
She saw them sitting in their pew far down toward the chancel.Bride of the Mistletoe
James Lane Allen
Brother Paul was sitting in the chancel with a lamp on the stall by his side.The Christian
- the part of a church containing the altar, sanctuary, and choir, usually separated from the nave and transepts by a screen
Word Origin and History for chancel
c.1300, "part of the church around the altar," from Old French chancel, from Late Latin cancellus "lattice," from Latin cancelli (plural) "grating, bars" (see cancel); sense extended in Late Latin from the lattice-work that separated the choir from the nave in a church to the space itself.