Word of the day

The word for today is…

chapel (noun) – 1. (a) A place of worship that is smaller than and subordinate to a church.
(b) A place of worship in an institution, such as a prison, college, or hospital.
(c) A recess or room in a church set apart for special or small services.
(d) A place of worship for those not belonging to an established church.
(e) The services held at a chapel:.
2. (Music) A choir or orchestra connected with a place of worship at a royal court.
3. (a) A funeral home.
(b) A room in a funeral home used for conducting funeral services.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Chapel is ultimately derived from the Late Latin word cappa, meaning “cloak.” How did we get from a garment to a building? The answer to this question has to do with a shrine created to hold the sacred cloak of St. Martin of Tours. In Medieval Latin, this shrine was called cappella (from a diminutive of cappa, meaning “short cloak or cape”) in reference to the relic it contained. Later, the meaning of cappella broadened to include any building that housed a sacred relic, and eventually to a place of worship. Anglo-French picked up the term as chapele, which in turn passed into English as chapel in the 13th century. In case you are wondering, the term a cappella, meaning “without instrumental accompaniment,” entered English from Italian, where it literally means “in chapel style.”

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