- The definition of a chapel is a small room inside a church or other building used for worship or other religious ceremonies.
- 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.
The small chapel in Yosemite.
- 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 of chapelMiddle English and amp; Old French chapelle ; from Medieval Latin cappella, diminutive of cappa, cape ; from LL: origin, originally , sanctuary in which the cappa or cope of St. Martin was preserved; then, any sanctuary
- 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 of chapelMiddle 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.
- A place of worship, smaller than, or subordinate to a church.
- A place of worship in a civil institution such as an airport, prison etc.
- A funeral home, or a room in one for holding funeral services.
- A trade union branch in UK printing or journalism.
- A printing office, said to be so called because printing was first carried on in England in a chapel near Westminster Abbey.
- A choir of singers, or an orchestra, attached to the court of a prince or nobleman.
- (in Wales) Describing a person who attends a nonconformist chapel.
- The village butcher is chapel.
(third-person singular simple present chapels, present participle chapelling, simple past and past participle chapelled)
From Old French chapele, from Late Latin cappella (“little cloak; chapel”), diminutive of cappa (“cloak, cape”).
- ‘Martin was said to have torn his military cloak in half to clothe a poor man, who was later revealed to him as Christ himself. The cut down “little cloak”, cappella in Latin, later became one of the most prized possessions of the Frankish barbarian rulers who succeeded Roman governors in Gaul, and the series of small churches or temporary structures which sheltered this much-venerated relic were named after it: capellae.’ (Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity, Penguin 2010, p. 313)