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carrel

[kar-uh l] /ˈkær əl/
noun
1.
Also called cubicle, stall. a small recess or enclosed area in a library stack, designed for individual study or reading.
2.
a table or desk with three sides extending above the writing surface to serve as partitions, designed for individual study, as in a library.
Also, carrell.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; variant spelling of carol enclosure
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British Dictionary definitions for carrell

carrel

/ˈkærəl/
noun
1.
a small individual study room or private desk, often in a library, where a student or researcher can work undisturbed
Word Origin
C16: a variant of carol

Carrel

/kəˈrɛl; ˈkærəl; French karɛl/
noun
1.
Alexis (əˈlɛksɪs; French alɛksi). 1873–1944, French surgeon and biologist, active in the US (1905–39): developed a method of suturing blood vessels, making the transplantation of arteries and organs possible: Nobel prize for physiology or medicine 1912
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Word Origin and History for carrell
carrel
1590s, from M.L. carula "small study in a cloister," perhaps from L. corolla "little crown, garland," used in various senses of "ring" (e.g. of Stonehenge: "þis Bretons renged about þe feld, þe karole of þe stones beheld," 1330); extended to precincts and spaces enclosed by rails, etc. Specific sense of "private cubicle in a library" is from 1919.
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carrell in Medicine

Carrel Car·rel (kə-rěl', kār'əl), Alexis. 1873-1944.

French-born American surgeon and biologist. He won a 1912 Nobel Prize for his work on vascular ligature and grafting of blood vessels and organs.

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Encyclopedia Article for carrell

carrel

cubicle or study for reading and literary work; the word is derived from the Middle English carole, "round dance," or "carol." The term originally referred to carrels in the north cloister walk of a Benedictine monastery and today designates study cubicles in libraries. Carrels are first recorded in the 13th century at Westminster Abbey, London, though they probably existed from the late years of the 12th century.

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