charnel

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Middle French charnel, from Late Latin carnāle (graveyard), from Latin carnālis, or possibly an alteration of Anglo-Norman charner, from Medieval Latin carnārium (charnel).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

charnel (plural charnels)

  1. A chapel attached to a mortuary.
  2. A repository for dead bodies.

Adjective[edit]

charnel (comparative more charnel, superlative most charnel)

  1. Of or relating to a charnel, deathlike, sepulchral.

References[edit]

  • OED2

Anagrams[edit]


French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French charnel, from Old French charnel, inherited from Latin carnālis. Also analysable as a derivative of Old French charn (→ Modern French chair) + -el.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

charnel (feminine singular charnelle, masculine plural charnels, feminine plural charnelles)

  1. carnal (relating to the physical and especially sexual appetites)

Further reading[edit]


Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Old French charnel.

Adjective[edit]

charnel m (feminine singular charnelle, masculine plural charnels, feminine plural charnelles)

  1. carnal (relating to flesh)
  2. carnal; corporal; bodily
  3. carnal (relating to the physical and especially sexual appetites)

Descendants[edit]

References[edit]

  • charnel on Dictionnaire du Moyen Français (1330-1500) (in French)
  • (fr) Godefroy, Frédéric, Dictionnaire de l'ancienne langue française et de tous ses dialectes du IXe au XVe siècle (1881) (charnel, supplement)

Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin carnālis.

Adjective[edit]

charnel m (oblique and nominative feminine singular charnel)

  1. carnal (relating to the physical and especially sexual appetites)

Declension[edit]

Descendants[edit]