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



BrE BrE//kənˈfeʃənl//
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈfeʃənl//
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a private place in a church where a priest listens to people making confessions Word Originlate Middle English (as an adjective): the adjective from confession + -al; the noun via French from Italian confessionale, from medieval Latin, neuter of confessionalis, from Latin confessio(n-), from confiteri ‘acknowledge’, from con- (expressing intensive force) + fateri ‘declare, avow’.