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or dos·sel

[dos-uh l]
  1. Also dorsal. an ornamental hanging placed at the back of an altar or at the sides of the chancel.
  2. 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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Historical Examples

  • 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



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

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