- a private or subordinate place of prayer or worship; oratory.
- a separately dedicated part of a church, or a small independent churchlike edifice, devoted to special services.
- a room or building for worship in an institution, palace, etc.
- (in Great Britain) a place of worship for members of various dissenting Protestant churches, as Baptists or Methodists.
- a separate place of public worship dependent on the church of a parish.
- a religious service in a chapel: Don't be late for chapel!
- a funeral home or the room in which funeral services are held.
- a choir or orchestra of a chapel, court, etc.
- a print shop or printing house.
- an association of employees in a print shop for dealing with their interests, problems, etc.
- Nautical. to maneuver (a sailing vessel taken aback) by the helm alone until the wind can be recovered on the original tack.
- (in England) belonging to any of various dissenting Protestant sects.
Origin of chapel
Examples from the Web for chapel
And the private “chapel” reportedly gives its newlyweds a conservative Christian CD with hetero-reinforcing marriage sermons.Refusing to Marry Same-Sex Couples Isn’t Religious Freedom, It’s Just Discrimination
October 23, 2014
The next evening, Romero was saying mass in the chapel at the hospice where he lived in a tiny room near the infirm and the dying.Why Pope Francis Wants to Declare Murdered Archbishop Romero a Saint
August 24, 2014
Molly Worthen is an assistant professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.Did the Southern Baptist ‘Conservative Resurgence’ Fail?
June 1, 2014
In a small room off the chapel, they left offerings of gratitude for filled promises of recovery.
Soon, believers seeking cures began flocking to the chapel and praying to its guardian angel, St. Roch.
My heart fluttered as I rose to comply with the demand, and the chapel was hushed.
The chapel was thronged, the majority of members being women.
I avoided the house of Mr Clayton, and absented myself from his chapel.
To the major it was thenceforth chamber and chapel and monument.Weighed and Wanting
So says the inscription on a large slab of black marble in the floor of the chapel.Yorkshire Painted And Described
- a place of Christian worship in a larger building, esp a place set apart, with a separate altar, in a church or cathedral
- a similar place of worship in or attached to a large house or institution, such as a college, hospital or prison
- a church subordinate to a parish church
- (in Britain)
- a Nonconformist place of worship
- Nonconformist religious practices or doctrine
- (as adjective)he is chapel, but his wife is church Compare church (def. 8)
- (in Scotland) a Roman Catholic church
- the members of a trade union in a particular newspaper office, printing house, etc
- a printing office
Word Origin and History for chapel
early 13c., from Old French chapele (12c., Modern French chapelle), from Medieval Latin cappella "chapel, sanctuary for relics," literally "little cape," diminutive of Late Latin cappa "cape" (see cap (n.)); by tradition, originally in reference to the sanctuary in France in which the miraculous cape of St. Martin of Tours, patron saint of France, was preserved; meaning extended in most European languages to "any sanctuary." (While serving Rome as a soldier deployed in Gaul, Martin cut his military coat in half to share it with a ragged beggar. That night, Martin dreamed Christ wearing the half-cloak; the half Martin kept was the relic.)