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[shuh-vey] /ʃəˈveɪ/
an apse, as of a Gothic cathedral.
Origin of chevet
1800-10; < French, earlier chevès, Old French chevezLatin capitium opening or covering for the head. See caput Unabridged
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  • Though the apse is all but universal, the French chevet, with its crown of clustering chapels, was not adopted in Italy.

    Architecture Thomas Roger Smith
  • Beyond the chevet stood a tower of which the actual one is a replica.

    How France Built Her Cathedrals Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
  • I did not think he would come again, but I did not know; it would be safer if I could have word with chevet.

    Beyond the Frontier Randall Parrish
  • chevet breathed heavily, and I caught the mutter of his voice.

    Beyond the Frontier Randall Parrish
  • The chapels of the chevet were finished at the end of the 13th or beginning of the 14th century.

    The Churches of Paris S. Sophia Beale
  • Cassion has but given orders, and chevet is mum as an oyster.

    Beyond the Frontier Randall Parrish
  • The arrangement of the chevet and of the chapels on the east of the transepts was the same in both churches.

  • The papers supposed to be taken from the dead body of chevet?

    Beyond the Frontier Randall Parrish
  • A fire has just been kindled there to keep warm what was brought already prepared from chevet, but, alas!

    Luxury-Gluttony: Eugne Sue
  • This interesting church is largely Romanesque in style (tower, chevet and nave).

British Dictionary definitions for chevet


a semicircular or polygonal east end of a church, esp a French Gothic church, often with a number of attached apses
Word Origin
C19: from French: pillow, from Latin capitium, from caput head
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