AskDefine | Define dossal

Dictionary Definition

dossal n : an ornamental hanging of rich fabric hung behind the altar of a church or at the sides of a chancel [syn: dossel]

Extensive Definition

A Dossal (or dossel, dorsel, dosel), from French dos (back), is an ecclesiastical ornamented cloth suspended behind an altar.
Altar screen is sometimes used as a synonym for the Dossal.

References

dossal in Spanish: Dosel
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