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).

Nearby words

  1. dosimetric,
  2. dosimetry,
  3. dosing strip,
  4. doss,
  5. doss house,
  6. dosser,
  7. dosseret,
  8. dosshouse,
  9. dossier,
  10. dossil

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. 2019

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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