or dos·sel

[ dos-uh l ]
/ ˈdɒs əl /


Also dorsal. an ornamental hanging placed at the back of an altar or at the sides of the chancel.
Archaic. dosser1(def 2).

Origin of dossal

1650–60; < Medieval Latin dossale, for Latin dorsale, neuter of dorsālis, equivalent to dors(um) back + -ālis -al1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for 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



/ (ˈdɒsəl) /


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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