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Lady chapel

  1. a chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary, attached to a church, and generally behind the high altar at the extremity of the apse.
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Origin of Lady chapel

1400–50; late Middle English (oure) lady chapell
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Historical Examples of lady chapel

  • On the north and south of the lady-chapel the wall is finished by a parapet.

    Bell's Cathedrals: Chichester (1901)

    Hubert C. Corlette

  • The chapel north of the lady-chapel has an angle turret like that on the south.

  • Such a position for a Lady-chapel—at the south side of the choir, and in an upper storey—is extremely unusual.

  • The third storey is now the Cathedral library, but was originally the Lady-chapel, and was commonly called the Lady-loft.

  • The vestry was formerly a Lady-chapel, possibly Saxon, with a thirteenth-century door and a curious mutilated altar.

    The Cornwall Coast

    Arthur L. Salmon

British Dictionary definitions for lady chapel

Lady Chapel

  1. a chapel within a church or cathedral, dedicated to the Virgin Mary
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