the space about the altar of a church, usually enclosed, for the clergy and other officials.
the part of a church containing the altar, sanctuary, and choir, usually separated from the nave and transepts by a screen
c.1300, “part of the church around the altar,” from Old French chancel, from Late Latin cancellus “lattice,” from Latin cancelli (plural) “grating, bars” (see cancel); sense extended in Late Latin from the lattice-work that separated the choir from the nave in a church to the space itself.
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the position of a chancellor. the office or department of a chancellor. the office attached to an embassy or consulate. a building or room occupied by a chancellor’s department. noun (pl) -leries, -lories the building or room occupied by a chancellor’s office the position, rank, or office of a chancellor (US) the residence or office […]
the chief minister of state in certain parliamentary governments, as in Germany; prime minister; premier. the chief administrative officer in certain American universities. a secretary, as to a king or noble or of an embassy. the priest in charge of a Roman Catholic chancery. the title of various important judges and other high officials. (in […]
Chauncey (Chancellor John Olcott) 1860–1932, U.S. tenor, actor, and songwriter.