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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n chancel area around the altar of a church for the clergy and choir; often enclosed by a lattice or railing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Chancel (Arch) That part of a church, reserved for the use of the clergy, where the altar, or communion table, is placed.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chancel Eccles., the inclosed space in a church surrounding the altar, and railed off from the choir; the sanctuary. In small churches having no separate choir the altar-rails (and in some churches the screen or latticework) divide the chancel immediately from the body of the church. In a wider sense the words chancel and choir are sometimes used to include both the sanctuary and the choir proper. In Greek churches the bema answers to the chancel or sanctuary, and the iconostasis (as the choir does not intervene between sanctuary and nave) corresponds in some measure to both altar-rails and rood-screen, to the former as separating the altar from the rest of the church, and to the latter as constituting a marked boundary to the nave.
    • n chancel An inclosed space railed off in courts of judicature.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Chancel chan′sel the eastern part of a church, originally separated from the nave by a screen of lattice-work, so as to prevent general access thereto, though not to interrupt either sight or sound.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. chancel, F. chanceau, cancel, fr. L. cancelli, lattices, crossbars. (The chancel, was formerly inclosed with lattices or crossbars) See Cancel (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. cancelli, lattices.


In literature:

The chancel was wreathed and festooned with masses of evergreen.
"The Little Colonel's Christmas Vacation" by Annie Fellows Johnston
The rector, in full canonicals, stood within the chancel.
"Her Mother's Secret" by Emma D. E. N. Southworth
For the purpose for which it was designed, no distinct chancel was required.
"Woodward's Country Homes" by George E. Woodward
Casterton church, on a stone in the chancel, 181.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 3, January-June, 1851" by Various
The spangling stars made the arch of the sky like some gorgeous chancel in a cathedral as vast as life and time.
"Northern Lights" by Gilbert Parker
There is a good tower-arch, a five-shafted font, and excellent wagon-shaped roofs; chancel-screen and reredos are modern.
"The Cornwall Coast" by Arthur L. Salmon
Bishop Burton sat in the chancel alongside the Reverend Jesse Halsey, the Presbyterian minister.
"Frank H. Nelson of Cincinnati" by Warren C. Herrick
There was evidently a chancel arch, and probably the chancel was rectangular.
"The Ground Plan of the English Parish Church" by A. Hamilton Thompson
The chancel is very lofty.
"The Land of The Blessed Virgin; Sketches and Impressions in Andalusia" by William Somerset Maugham
The walls of the chancel are inlaid with alabaster.
"Chelsea" by G. E. (Geraldine Edith) Mitton

In poetry:

Now with worms for his courtiers
He lies in the narrow
Cold couch of the chancel:
--But whence was the arrow?
"Death In The Forest" by Francis Turner Palgrave
``But when Faith grows a sophist's theme,
And chancels ring with doubt and din,
I sometimes think that they who seem
The most without, are most within.
"Outside The Village Church" by Alfred Austin
We miss her at the chancel-side,
For when we last drew near,
The holy Eucharist to share,
She, with the warmth of praise and prayer
Was meekly kneeling here.
"Miss Elizabeth Brinley," by Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney
Through the stained windows rays of sunshine fall
In softened glory on the chancel floor;
While I, a pilgrim from across the sea,
stand with bare head in reverential awe.
"The Church At Stratford-On-Avon" by Horatio Alger Jr
And music past all mastering within the chancel rings;
None could desire a sweeter choir
Than this--that soars and sings,
Till far the scented shadows creep--
And quiet darkness bringeth sleep.
"The Temple" by Virna Sheard
And music past all mastering within the chancel rings;
None could desire a sweeter choir
Than this–that soars and sings,
Till far the scented shadows creep–
And quiet darkness bringeth sleep.
"From 'The Temple'" by Virna Sheard

In news:

KANEVILLE—The Kaneville United Methodist Church's Chancel Choir will present a Cantata Palm Sunday on April 1, at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 630 557-2353, or e-mail
The chancel of Lewisburg Chapel United Methodist Church is decorated with what appears to be a beautiful Christmas tree.
Bass players crowded the altar and the chancel on Sunday at Riverside Church in Morningside Heights for a memorial service for the jazz musician Milt Hinton, one of the most recorded bass players in the history of popular music.
Sick with their own stiffness, their own oily fragrance, with the sway created by the chancel fan and with.
The Chancel Choir singers will fill the sanctuary of the Federated Church of Sandwich with melodies and readings for the Christmas season at its Vesper service at 4 pm Dec 9.
The River Road Church Chancel Choir will be singing George Frederic Handel's Messiah , Part I, with soloists and orchestra.
DAVIDSON–The Chancel and Geneva choirs of Davidson College Presbyterian Church will sing Gabriel Faure's Requiem , featuring gentle, comforting melodies.