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(printing office): Said to be because printing was first carried on in England in a chapel near Westminster Abbey.
chapel (plural chapels)
- (especially Christianity) A place of worship, smaller than or subordinate to a church.
- A place of worship in another building or within a civil institution such as a larger church, airport, prison, monastery, school, etc.; often primarily for private prayer.
- A funeral home, or a room in one for holding funeral services.
- (UK) A trade union branch in printing or journalism.
- A printing office.
- A choir of singers, or an orchestra, attached to the court of a prince or nobleman.
place of worship
chapel (not comparable)
- (nautical, transitive) To cause (a ship taken aback in a light breeze) to turn or make a circuit so as to recover, without bracing the yards, the same tack on which she had been sailing.
- (obsolete, transitive) To deposit or inter in a chapel; to enshrine.
- 1613–1614, William Shakespeare, John Fletcher, “The Two Noble Kinsmen.”, in Comedies and Tragedies […], London: […] Humphrey Robinson, […], and for Humphrey Moseley […], published 1679, →OCLC, (please specify the act number in uppercase Roman numerals, and the scene number in lowercase Roman numerals):
- give us the bones Of our dead kings, that we may chapel them!
- ^ Diarmaid MacCulloch (2010) A History of Christianity, Penguin, page 313:
- Martin [of Tours] 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.
- Alternative form of
- capel (northern)
- hat (item of clothing used to cover the head)
- Bourguignon: chaipeâ
- Gallo: chapai
- Middle French: chappeau
- Norman: capé, chapé
- Picard: capieu
- Walloon: tchapea
- aspirate mutation of