nave

[neyv]

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. navar,
  2. navaratri,
  3. navarin,
  4. navarino,
  5. navarre,
  6. navel,
  7. navel ill,
  8. navel orange,
  9. navel-gazing,
  10. navelwort

Origin of nave

1665–75; < Medieval Latin nāvis, Latin: ship; so called from the resemblance in shape

Can be confusedknave naval nave (see synonym study at knave)

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nave

1

noun

the central space in a church, extending from the narthex to the chancel and often flanked by aisles

Word Origin for nave

C17: via Medieval Latin from Latin nāvis ship, from the similarity of shape

noun

the central block or hub of a wheel

Word Origin for nave

Old English nafu, nafa; related to Old High German naba

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