Definition of chancel noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

chancel

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈtʃɑːnsl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃænsl//
 
 
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the part of a church near the altar, where the priests and the choir (= singers) sit during services Word Origin Middle English: from Old French, from Latin cancelli ‘crossbars’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: chancel