a small cubicle, typically in a library, designed to provide privacy for a person studying, reading, using a computer, etc.
Origin of carrelMiddle English caroll ; from Medieval Latin carula, small study in a cloister
1873-1944; Fr. surgeon & biologist in the U.S. (1905-39)
A partially partitioned nook in or near the stacks in a library, used for private study.
Origin of carrelMiddle English carole, round dance ring, circle, stall for study; see carol.
- A partially partitioned space for studying or reading, often in a library.
- He was busy writing his report in a small library carrel
- A quarrel, or square-headed arrow.