Definition of chapelry in English:



  • A district served by an Anglican chapel.

    • ‘Thomas Beswick, in 1807, gave £100, the interest to be distributed among the poor of this chapelry.’
    • ‘The chapelry contained, in 1821, a population of 2,646, and in 1831, 2,678 inhabitants.’
    • ‘Both these chapelries appear to have had parochial boundaries and there is a record of the year 1340 suggesting this in the case of Towednack.’
    • ‘By that date about a third of the chapelry was under arable, somewhat under two thirds under grassland and orchard.’
    • ‘Ashford is a small village and chapelry to Bakewell, about one mile away on the Buxton Road.’


Middle English: from Old French chapelerie, medieval Latin cappellaria, from cappella, originally ‘little cloak’ (see chapel).