chapel of ease


chapel of ease
   1. a mortuary
   Originally, a place of worship for the convenience of parishioners residing a long way from their parish church. Also as chapel of rest:
    From 'undertaker' tout court to 'funeral parlor' to 'funeral home' to 'chapel' has been the linguistic progression. (J. Mitford, 1963)
    'James' had already mercifully been removed to the 'Chapel of rest'. (I. Murdoch, 1978)
   2. a lavatory
   A punning British use, of the place where you might ease yourself, and especially of an ornate public urinal for men, such as used to grace the streets of London.

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  • Chapel of ease — Ease Ease ([=e]z), n. [OE. ese, eise, F. aise; akin to Pr. ais, aise, OIt. asio, It. agio; of uncertain origin; cf. L. ansa handle, occasion, opportunity. Cf. {Agio}, {Disease}.] 1. Satisfaction; pleasure; hence, accommodation; entertainment.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Chapel of ease — Chapel Chap el, n. [OF. chapele, F. chapelle, fr. LL. capella, orig., a short cloak, hood, or cowl; later, a reliquary, sacred vessel, chapel; dim. of cappa, capa, cloak, cape, cope; also, a covering for the head. The chapel where St. Martin s… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Chapel of ease — A chapel of ease (sometimes chapel of ease ) is a church building other than the parish church, built within the bounds of a parish for the attendance of those who cannot reach the parish church conveniently. St Nicholas s Chapel in King s Lynn,… …   Wikipedia

  • chapel of ease — Date: 1538 a chapel or dependent church built to accommodate an expanding parish …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • chapel of ease — Rom. Cath. Ch. a chapel in a remote part of a large parish, in which Mass is celebrated. [1530 40] * * * …   Universalium

  • Chapel of ease — A church founded in that part of a parish with a new population, or on *assarted land, the original church being distant from newcomers. Not all such chapels became permanent, having only temporary licences. The AS called them field churches .… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • chapel of ease — noun an Anglican chapel situated for the convenience of parishioners living a long distance from the parish church …   English new terms dictionary

  • chapel of ease — a chapel or dependent church built for the accommodation of an increasing parish …   Useful english dictionary

  • chapel of ease — A secondary church for the use of parishioners living at a distance from the principal one …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Chapel of Ease, Skinner Street —    See Ship Yard …   Dictionary of London