The definition of a chapel is a small room inside a church or other building used for worship or other religious ceremonies.noun
- An example of chapel is a room inside a hospital where people go to pray.
- An example of chapel is a building in Las Vegas where an Elvis Presley impersonator will perform your wedding.
- a place of Christian worship subordinate to and smaller than a church
- a room or building used as a place of worship, as in a hospital, school, or army post
- a room in a funeral home for funeral services
- a room or recess in a church, set apart for special services and having its own altar
- a similar room in some Jewish synagogues
- a service in a chapel, or any religious service, as at a school
- the singers of a private chapel, collectively
- a local chapter of a printers' union
- in Great Britain, any place of worship for those who are not members of an established church
Origin: ME & OFr chapelle < ML cappella, dim. of cappa, cape < LL: orig., sanctuary in which the cappa or cope of St. Martin was preserved; then, any sanctuary
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- a. A place of worship that is smaller than and subordinate to a church.b. A place of worship in an institution, such as a prison, college, or hospital.c. A recess or room in a church set apart for special or small services.d. A place of worship for those not belonging to an established church.e. The services held at a chapel: Students attend chapel each morning.
- Music A choir or orchestra connected with a place of worship at a royal court.
- a. A funeral home.b. A room in a funeral home used for conducting funeral services.
Origin: Middle English chapele, from Old French, from Medieval Latin capella, chapel, canopy, cape (perhaps from a shrine containing the cape of St. Martin of Tours), diminutive of capa, from Late Latin cappa, hooded cloak.