a private or subordinate place of prayer or worship; oratory.
a separately dedicated part of a church, or a small independent churchlike edifice, devoted to special services.
a room or building for worship in an institution, palace, etc.
(in Great Britain) a place of worship for members of various dissenting Protestant churches, as Baptists or Methodists.
a separate place of public worship dependent on the church of a parish.
a religious service in a chapel: Don't be late for chapel!
a funeral home or the room in which funeral services are held.
a choir or orchestra of a chapel, court, etc.
a print shop or printing house.
an association of employees in a print shop for dealing with their interests, problems, etc.
verb (used with object), chapeled, chapeling or (especially British) chapelled, chapelling.
Nautical. to maneuver (a sailing vessel taken aback) by the helm alone until the wind can be recovered on the original tack.
(in England) belonging to any of various dissenting Protestant sects.

1175–1225; Middle English chapele < Old French < Late Latin cappella hooded cloak, equivalent to capp(a) (see cap1) + -ella diminutive suffix; first applied to the sanctuary where the cloak of St. Martin (4th-century bishop of Tours) was kept as a relic Unabridged
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chapel (ˈtʃæpəl)
1.  a place of Christian worship in a larger building, esp a place set apart, with a separate altar, in a church or cathedral
2.  a similar place of worship in or attached to a large house or institution, such as a college, hospital or prison
3.  a church subordinate to a parish church
4.  in Britain
 a.  a Nonconformist place of worship
 b.  Nonconformist religious practices or doctrine
 c.  Compare church (as adjective): he is chapel, but his wife is church
5.  (in Scotland) a Roman Catholic church
6.  the members of a trade union in a particular newspaper office, printing house, etc
7.  a printing office
[C13: from Old French chapele, from Late Latin cappella, diminutive of cappa cloak (see cap); originally denoting the sanctuary where the cloak of St Martin of Tours was kept as a relic]

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., from O.Fr. chapele, from M.L. cappella "chapel, sanctuary for relics," lit. "little cape," dim. of L.L. cappa "cape" (see cap); originally the sanctuary in France in which the cape of St. Martin of Tours was preserved; meaning extended in most European languages to "any sanctuary."
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Bible Dictionary

Chapel definition

a holy place or sanctuary, occurs only in Amos 7:13, where one of the idol priests calls Bethel "the king's chapel."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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