the part of a church around the altar, usually at the east end, reserved for the use of the clergy and the choir: it is sometimes set off by a railing or screen
Origin of chancelMiddle English chauncel ; from Old French chancel ; from Late Latin cancellus ; from Classical Latin cancelli, plural , lattices: see cancel
The space around the altar of a church for the clergy and sometimes the choir, often enclosed by a lattice or railing.
Origin of chancelMiddle English chauncel, from Old French chancel, from Late Latin cancellus, latticework, sing. of Latin cancell&imacron;; see cancel.
From Old French.