chapel of ease


noun Roman Catholic Church.

a chapel in a remote part of a large parish, in which Mass is celebrated.

Origin of chapel of ease

First recorded in 1530–40 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chapel of ease

Historical Examples of chapel of ease

  • It is a Chapel-of-ease to Edgbaston, in the gift of the Bishop.

    Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham

    Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell

  • It has no parish church, but only a chapel-of-ease to an adjacent parish.

  • The church was formerly a chapel-of-ease to that at East Barnet.


    Herbert W Tompkins

  • But our primitive stage was a chapel-of-ease, as it were, to the Church.

  • The livings, especially in country places, include one or more sub-parishes, each with its own church or chapel-of-ease.

    The Norwegian Fjords

    A. Heaton Cooper

British Dictionary definitions for chapel of ease

chapel of ease


a church built to accommodate those living at a distance from the parish church
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