[ pahr-klohz ]
/ ˈpɑrˌkloʊz /


(in a church) a screen dividing one area from another, as a chapel from an aisle.
Also perclose.
Compare rood screen.

Origin of parclose

1300–50; Middle English < Middle French, noun use of feminine of parclos, past participle of parclore to enclose fully. See per-, close Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for parclose

/ (ˈpɑːˌkləʊz) /


a screen or railing in a church separating off an altar, chapel, etc

Word Origin for parclose

C14: from Old French, noun use of past participle of parclore to close off; see per-, close 1
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