dossal

or dos·sel

[dos-uh l]

Origin of dossal

1650–60; < Medieval Latin dossale, for Latin dorsale, neuter of dorsālis, equivalent to dors(um) back + -ālis -al1
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Historical Examples of dossal

  • Sometimes a painting takes its place, or a dossal—a decorated curtain of as rich material as circumstances will allow.

    The Worship of the Church

    Jacob A. Regester


British Dictionary definitions for dossal

dossal

dossel

noun
  1. an ornamental hanging, placed at the back of an altar or at the sides of a chancel

Word Origin for dossal

C17: from Medieval Latin dossāle, neuter of dossālis, variant of dorsālis dorsal
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