cappella

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Etymology[edit]

From Medieval Latin, from Late Latin cappella, from the diminutive of cappa.

Noun[edit]

cappella f ‎(plural cappelle)

  1. A chapel (in all senses)
  2. A choir and accompanying musicians assigned to a church
  3. A cap (of a mushroom)
  4. (slang, the apex of the penis) A head, a glans

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

cappa(cape; coat) +‎ -ella(diminutive suffix). Originally referred to a little cloak or cape. The sense of "chapel" derives from the story of St. Martin of Tours, in which he tore his military cloak in half, giving it to a beggar while stationed in Gaul, and dreamed of Christ wearing it afterward. This venerated relic was later preserved in sanctuaries by the Franks, which were given the name cappella.

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Noun[edit]

cappella f ‎(genitive cappellae); first declension

  1. (Late Latin, Vulgar Latin, Medieval Latin) chapel
  2. (Late Latin, Vulgar Latin, Medieval Latin) choir

Declension[edit]

First declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative cappella cappellae
genitive cappellae cappellārum
dative cappellae cappellīs
accusative cappellam cappellās
ablative cappellā cappellīs
vocative cappella cappellae

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