[ 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for sedilia

/ (sɛˈdaɪlɪə) /


(functioning as singular) the group of three seats, each called a sedile (sɛˈdaɪlɪ), often recessed, on the south side of a sanctuary where the celebrant and ministers sit at certain points during High Mass

Word Origin for sedilia

C18: from Latin, from sedīle a chair, from sedēre to sit
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