whence the name was applied to similar paces of worship, and the guardian of this cloak was called
capellanus, or chaplain. See Cap, and cf. Chaplain., Chaplet.]
1. A subordinate place of worship; as, (a) a small church, often a private foundation, as for a memorial;
(b) a small building attached to a church; (c) a room or recess in a church, containing an altar.
In Catholic churches, and also in cathedrals and abbey churches, chapels are usually annexed in the
recesses on the sides of the aisles. Gwilt.
2. A place of worship not connected with a church; as, the chapel of a palace, hospital, or prison.
3. In England, a place of worship used by dissenters from the Established Church; a meetinghouse.
4. A choir of singers, or an orchestra, attached to the court of a prince or nobleman.
5. (Print.) (a) A printing office, said to be so called because printing was first carried on in England in
a chapel near Westminster Abbey. (b) An association of workmen in a printing office.
Chapel of ease. (a) A chapel or dependent church built for the ease or a accommodation of an increasing
parish, or for parishioners who live at a distance from the principal church. (b) A privy. (Law) Chapel
master, a director of music in a chapel; the director of a court or orchestra. To build a chapel (Naut.),
to chapel a ship. See Chapel, v. t., 2. To hold a chapel, to have a meeting of the men employed
in a printing office, for the purpose of considering questions affecting their interests.
(Chap"el) v. t.
1. To deposit or inter in a chapel; to enshrine. [Obs.] Beau. & Fl.
2. (Naut.) To cause (a ship taken aback in a light breeze) so to turn or make a circuit as to recover,
without bracing the yards, the same tack on which she had been sailing.
(Chape"less) a. Without a chape.
(Chap"e*let) n. [F. See Chaplet.]
1. A pair of straps, with stirrups, joined at the top and fastened to the pommel or the frame of the saddle,
after they have been adjusted to the convenience of the rider. [Written also chaplet.]
2. A kind of chain pump, or dredging machine.
(Chap"el*la*ny) n.; pl. Chapellanies [Cf. E. chapellenie, LL. capellania. See Chaplain.]
A chapel within the jurisdiction of a church; a subordinate ecclesiastical foundation.
(Chap"el*ry) n. [Cf. OF. chapelerie.] The territorial district legally assigned to a chapel.