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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for dossel



  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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