nave

[ neyv ]
/ neɪv /

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.

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Origin of nave

First recorded in 1665–75; from Medieval Latin nāvis,Latin: “ship”; so called from the resemblance in shape

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH nave

knave, nave

Definition for nave (2 of 2)

Nav. E.

Naval Engineer.
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British Dictionary definitions for nave (1 of 2)

nave1
/ (neɪv) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for nave (2 of 2)

nave2
/ (neɪv) /

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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