[ chap-uh l ]
/ ˈtʃæp əl /


verb (used with object), chap·eled, chap·el·ing or (especially British) chap·elled, chap·el·ling.

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

1175–1225; Middle English chapele < Old French < Late Latin cappella hooded cloak, equivalent to capp(a) (see cap1) + -ella diminutive suffix; first applied to the sanctuary where the cloak of St. Martin (4th-century bishop of Tours) was kept as a relic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for chapel

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Word Origin for chapel

C13: from Old French chapele, from Late Latin cappella, diminutive of cappa cloak (see cap); originally denoting the sanctuary where the cloak of St Martin of Tours was kept as a relic
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