Also called cubicle, stall. a small recess or enclosed area in a library stack, designed for individual study or reading.
a table or desk with three sides extending above the writing surface to serve as partitions, designed for individual study, as in a library.
Historical Examples

carrell was in identically the same position as the orator you speak of.
Z. Marcas Honore de Balzac

On the eastern side is an additional wall, connected at its extremities with the first, enclosing ground for stables and carrell.
Early Western Travels 1748-1846, Volume XXX Joel Palmer

The carrell was placed so that it was closed at one end by one of the cloister windows and remained open at the other.
The Story of Books Gertrude Burford Rawlings

a small individual study room or private desk, often in a library, where a student or researcher can work undisturbed
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

1590s, “study in a cloister,” from Medieval Latin carula “small study in a cloister,” of unknown origin; perhaps from Latin 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.

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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