sedile

[ se-dahy-lee ]
/ sɛˈdaɪ li /

noun, plural se·dil·i·a [se-dil-ee-uh] /sɛˈdɪl i ə/. Ecclesiastical.

one of the seats (usually three) on the south side of the chancel, often recessed, for the use of the officiating clergy.

Origin of sedile

1785–95; < Latin sedīle sitting-place, equivalent to sed(ēre) to sit1 + -īle neuter noun suffix
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Examples from the Web for sedile

  • The sanctuary contains a sedile and piscina, and a stoup and a rougher piscina will be found in the nave.

    Somerset|G.W. Wade and J.H. Wade
  • Note the old font which was evidently at one time coloured; also the aumbry, piscina and sedile.

    Seaward Sussex|Edric Holmes
  • At the E. end is a piscina and a sedile, each under an elaborate triple ogee canopy.

    Somerset|G.W. Wade and J.H. Wade
  • This is beneath a sept-foiled arch, beside which is another strangely irregular (p. 210) arch over a sedile.