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Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old French
Origin: chapele, from Medieval Latin cappella, from Late Latin cappa 'cloak' ( CAP1); because the cloak of St. Martin of Tours was kept in such a building

chapel

noun
     
chap‧el
1 [countable]RRC a small church, or a room in a hospital, prison, big church etc in which Christians pray and have religious services
2RRC [countable] a building where Christians who are Nonconformists have religious services
3 [uncountable]RRC British English the religious services held in a chapel:
Bethan goes to chapel every Sunday.
4BEL [countable] British English the members of a union in the newspaper or printing industry

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