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

     

    chapel

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈtʃæpl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃæpl//
     
    In school, Religious buildings, Religious places, Historic buildings
     
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  1. 1 [countable] a small building or room used for Christian worship in a school, prison, large private house, etc. a college chapel See related entries: In school, Religious buildings, Religious places, Historic buildings
  2. 2 [countable] a separate part of a church or cathedral, with its own altar, used for some services and private prayer a Lady chapel (= a chapel dedicated to Mary, the mother of Jesus) See related entries: Religious buildings, Religious places
  3. 3 [countable, uncountable] the word for a church used in some Christian denominations, for example by Nonconformists in Britain a Methodist chapel a Mormon chapel She always went to chapel on Sundays. See related entries: Religious buildings, Religious places
  4. 4 [countable] a small building or room used for funeral services, especially at a cemetery or crematorium See related entries: Religious buildings, Religious places
  5. 5[countable + singular or plural verb] (British English) a branch of a trade/labor union in a newspaper office or printing house; the members of the branch
  6. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French chapele, from medieval Latin cappella, diminutive of cappa ‘cap or cape’ (the first chapel being a sanctuary in which St Martin's cloak was preserved).Extra examples The chapel is dedicated to St Michael. The funeral was conducted in one of the smaller side chapels. They agreed to meet at the chapel after the service. They are still at chapel. They were married in a wedding chapel in Las Vegas. Evening prayer will be held in the Lady Chapel. a Methodist/​Mormon chapel a chapel of rest a tiny chapel in the mountains the school/​college chapel
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