[chan-suhl, chahn-]
the space about the altar of a church, usually enclosed, for the clergy and other officials.

1275–1325; Middle English < Middle French < Late Latin cancellus lattice, railing or screen before the altar of a church, Latin cancell(ī) (plural) lattice, railing, grating; see cancel

chanceled, chancelled, adjective
subchancel, noun Unabridged
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chancel (ˈtʃɑːnsəl)
the part of a church containing the altar, sanctuary, and choir, usually separated from the nave and transepts by a screen
[C14: from Old French, from Latin cancellī (plural) lattice]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.Fr. chancel, from L.L. cancellus "lattice," from L. cancelli (pl.) "grating, bars" (see cancel), for the lattice-work that separated the chancel from the nave in a church.
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