Definition of cenacle in English:



  • 1formal A group of people such as a discussion group or literary clique.

    • ‘We gather a few times a year with other cenacles in our geographic region.’
    • ‘We gather in cenacles as the apostles gathered with our Lady in the Upper Room in Jerusalem awaiting the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.’
    • ‘He continued, saying the Communities were called to be cenacles of prayer.’
    • ‘It is in the cenacle that the Church is born.’
    • ‘Missionary cenacles generally meet in the houses of their members, or wherever they can.’
  • 2The room in which the Last Supper was held.

    • ‘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."’
    • ‘The Cenacle is divided by three pillars into three naves.’
    • ‘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’.