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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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chancelchan‧cel /ˈtʃɑːnsəl $ ˈtʃæn-/ noun [countable]  TBBthe part of a church where the priests and the choir (=singers) sit
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chancelThe semi-circular chancel is covered by a semi-dome.It has a nave, chancel and low embattled tower.The arch between the nave and the chancel is also Norman with zig-zag ornaments.The present church is a church of many periods, the most ancient part being the chancel.The present church is the chancel of the original church with Norman-style pillars.The chancel was built in 173 3.At the far end, in the tiny chancel, the sanctuary light glowed.
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