dossal

or dos·sel

[ dos-uhl ]
/ ˈdɒs əl /

noun

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

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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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Example sentences 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

dossal

dossel

/ (ˈdɒsəl) /

noun

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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