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sacellum

[suh-kel-uh m, -sel-]
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noun, plural sa·cel·la [suh-kel-uh, -sel-uh] /səˈkɛl ə, -ˈsɛl ə/.
  1. a small chapel, as a monument within a church.
  2. (in ancient Rome) a shrine open to the sky.
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Origin of sacellum

1800–10; < Latin: shrine, derivative of sacer holy, sacred; for formation see castellum
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Related Words for sacellum

sanctuary, synagogue, parish, mosque, shrine, temple, chapel, oratory, mission, abbey, fold, cathedral, tabernacle, basilica, bethel, minster, chancel, chantry, sacellum

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Historical Examples of sacellum

  • The gens had its own sacellum or chapel, and its own sacra or religious rites.

    Custom and Myth

    Andrew Lang

  • These two appellations we have already found in the preceding quotations to be capellula and sacellum.

  • On the south slope of the latter are remains of a small temple or sacellum described by St Jerome.

  • In the early days of Rome many gentes had each their own sacellum for the performance of their religious rites.

    Ancient Society

    Lewis Henry Morgan

  • This is the portal of its temple, through which alone we can gain access to the sacellum where its aporrheta are concealed.