One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1formal A group of people such as a discussion group or literary clique.
- ‘We gather in cenacles as the apostles gathered with our Lady in the Upper Room in Jerusalem awaiting the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.’
- ‘We gather a few times a year with other cenacles in our geographic region.’
- ‘Missionary cenacles generally meet in the houses of their members, or wherever they can.’
- ‘He continued, saying the Communities were called to be cenacles of prayer.’
- ‘It is in the cenacle that the Church is born.’
2The room in which the Last Supper was held.
- ‘The Cenacle is divided by three pillars into three naves.’
- ‘In his thinking, the "site, therefore, must be secure, for it has been the only candidate for the Cenacle (Coenaculum or dining hall) from primitive Christianity until today."’
- ‘Franciscan monks cared for the Cenacle from 1333 to 1552 when the Turks captured Jerusalem and banished all Christians.’
Late Middle English: from Old French cenacle, from Latin cenaculum, from cena ‘dinner’.
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