Definition of Dossal

1. Noun. An ornamental hanging of rich fabric hung behind the altar of a church or at the sides of a chancel.

Exact synonyms: Dossel
Generic synonyms: Hanging, Wall Hanging



Definition of Dossal

1. an ornamental cloth hung behind an altar [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Dossal

doshas
doshes
dosimeter
dosimeters
dosimetric
dosimetries
dosimetry
dosing
dosings
dosology
doss
doss-house
doss about
doss around
doss down
dossal (current term)
dossals
dossed
dossel
dossels
dosser
dosseret
dosserets
dossers
dosses
dosshouse
dosshouses
dossier
dossiers
dossil

Literary usage of Dossal

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1. Flowers and festivals; or, Directions for the floral decoration of churches by William Alexander Barrett (1873)
"A framework of wood must be prepared for the dossal and wings, ... The dossal frame should be three feet deep and about seven inches longer than the altar ..."

2. Church Building: A Study of the Principles of Architecture in Their Relation by Ralph Adams Cram (1914)
"The dossal that consists of a flat curtain of vertical strips of alternating brocade ... A dossal that hangs in folds has too much the effect of upholstery, ..."

3. A History of Painting in Italy, Umbria, Florence and Siena, from the Second by Joseph Archer Crowe, Giovanni Battista Cavalcaselle (1903)
"Vasari mentions a goldsmith called Cione in one of his biographies, and assigns to him the silver altar dossal of the baptistery and the silver chased head ..."

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