1. A subordinate place of worship; as, (a) a small church, often a private foundation, as for a memorial; (b) a small building attached to a church; (c) a room or recess in a church, containing an altar.
Note: ☞ In Catholic churches, and also in cathedrals and abbey churches, chapels are usually annexed in the recesses on the sides of the aisles.
2. A place of worship not connected with a church; as, the chapel of a palace, hospital, or prison.
3. In England, a place of worship used by dissenters from the Established Church; a meetinghouse.
4. A choir of singers, or an orchestra, attached to the court of a prince or nobleman.
5. Print. (a) A printing office, said to be so called because printing was first carried on in England in a chapel near Westminster Abbey. (b) An association of workmen in a printing office.
Chapel of ease. (a) A chapel or dependent church built for the ease or a accommodation of an increasing parish, or for parishioners who live at a distance from the principal church. (b) A privy. Law
Chapel master, a director of music in a chapel; the director of a court or orchestra.
To build a chapel Naut., to chapel a ship. See Chapel, v. t., 2.
To hold a chapel, to have a meeting of the men employed in a printing office, for the purpose of considering questions affecting their interests.
Chap·el v. t.
1. To deposit or inter in a chapel; to enshrine. [Obs.]
2. Naut. To cause (a ship taken aback in a light breeze) so to turn or make a circuit as to recover, without bracing the yards, the same tack on which she had been sailing.
n 1: a place of worship that has its own altar
2: a service conducted in a chapel; "he was late for chapel"
[syn: chapel service]
a holy place or sanctuary, occurs only in Amos 7:13, where one
of the idol priests calls Bethel "the king's chapel."