- the principal longitudinal area of a church, extending from the main entrance or narthex to the chancel, usually flanked by aisles of less height and breadth: generally used only by the congregation.
Origin of nave
Examples from the Web for nave
On most Sundays doth he preach here in the nave to all sorts of folk.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
The nave of the church is Decorated, and has beautiful windows of that period.Yorkshire Painted And Described
The nave was slowly filled, the men being at the right and the women at the left.The Dream
The nave, then as now, was the charge of the parish; the chancel, of the rector.Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II
Charlotte Mary Yonge
Saxon arches separating the nave from the aisles and chancel are plain.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
- the central space in a church, extending from the narthex to the chancel and often flanked by aisles
- the central block or hub of a wheel
Word Origin and History for nave
"main part of a church," 1670s, from Medieval Latin navem (nominative navis) "nave of a church," from Latin navis "ship" (see naval), on some fancied resemblance in shape.
"hub of a wheel," Old English nafu, from Proto-Germanic *nabo- (cf. Old Saxon naba, Old Norse nöf, Middle Dutch nave, Dutch naaf, Old High German naba, German Nabe), perhaps connected with the root of navel on notion of centrality (cf. Latin umbilicus "navel," also "the end of a roller of a scroll," Greek omphalos "navel," also "the boss of a shield").