transept

[ tran-sept ]
/ ˈtræn sɛpt /

noun Architecture.

any major transverse part of the body of a church, usually crossing the nave, at right angles, at the entrance to the choir.
an arm of this, on either side of the central aisle of a church.

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Origin of transept

From the Anglo-Latin word trānseptum, dating back to 1530–40. See trans-, septum

OTHER WORDS FROM transept

tran·sep·tal, adjectivetran·sep·tal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for transept

transept
/ (ˈtrænsɛpt) /

noun

either of the two wings of a cruciform church at right angles to the nave

Derived forms of transept

transeptal, adjective

Word Origin for transept

C16: from Anglo-Latin transeptum, from Latin trans- + saeptum enclosure
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