- 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 sedilia
Little survives of the original choir but some stalls and sedilia.Records of Woodhall Spa and Neighbourhood
J. Conway Walter
There are three sedilia, and the high altar seems to have been of marble.Scottish Cathedrals and Abbeys
Dugald Butler and Herbert Story
The sedilia in the chancel seem to be coeval with that part of the church.
Close to the sedilia is a piscina decorated in a similar manner.
The Sedilia stand on the other side, in the third bay from the east.
- (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
C18: from Latin, from sedīle a chair, from sedēre to sit
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