- chapel ► NOUN 1) a small building for Christian worship, typically one attached to an institution or private house. 2) a part of a large church with its own altar and dedication. 3) Brit. a place of worship for Nonconformist congregations. 4) Brit. the members or branch of a print or newspaper trade union at a particular place of work.ORIGIN Old French chapele, from Latin cappella, 'little cape' (the first chapel being a sanctuary in which St Martin's cloak was preserved).
English terms dictionary. 2015.