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1. A clique or circle, especially of writers.
2. A small dining room, usually on an upper floor.

[French cénacle, from Old French cenacle, the room where the Last Supper took place, from Latin cēnāculum, dining room, garret, from cēna, meal; see sker- in Indo-European roots. Sense 2, Middle English, from Old French, from Latin cēnāculum.]


(ˈsɛnəkəl) or


1. a supper room, esp one on an upper floor
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) (capital) the room in which the Last Supper took place
[C14: from Old French, from Late Latin cēnāculum, from cēna supper]


(ˈsɛn ə kəl)

1. (cap.) the room where the Last Supper took place.
2. a religious retreat house.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Middle French < Latin cēnāculum top story, attic (orig., presumably, dining room)]


- A discussion group or literary clique—also, a small dining room where a literary or philosophic group eats and talks (from Latin cena, "dinner"), such as the room in which the Last Supper was held.
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Philip, too, looked into the future, and he saw Clutton in twenty years, bitter, lonely, savage, and unknown; still in Paris, for the life there had got into his bones, ruling a small cenacle with a savage tongue, at war with himself and the world, producing little in his increasing passion for a perfection he could not reach; and perhaps sinking at last into drunkenness.
Dans les propos tenus devant le sommet africain, Abdelmalek Sellal a aussi revele l'irritation de ses maitres face a la position impartiale de l'organisation des Nations unies sur ce dossier, en se rabattant sur une Union africaine, qui peine a survivre aux inquietants lendemains qui menacent certaines parties du continent, dans une vaine tentative de raviver des theses eculees auxquelles seuls quelques malentendants de ce cenacle continuent de croire.
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I had just started to live the plan of life in Opus Dei in earnest, when he died suddenly, just 17 hours after he celebrated Mass at the Cenacle.
The Pope's planned visit to the Cenacle, site of the Last Supper - Israel has restricted Christian prayers since 1948 - has been met with protests.
The centre of the whole controversy is that Pope Francis is set to hold mass at the Cenacle.
On Monday, the pope will visit several sites in Jerusalem and celebrate mass in the Cenacle, the place where Christians believe Jesus held the last supper.
Summary: Just outside of Jerusalem's Old City lies Mount Zion, the site of King David's Tomb and the Cenacle, where the Last Supper was said to have taken place.
The Cenacle is the reputed scene of Jesus's last supper, and the pope is planning to hold a mass on the site on Mount Zion near the walls of the Old City.
DESCRIPTION: A ten-day Contemplative Art Retreat using art as a language of prayer will take place at the Cenacle Center located in Tuscany.
His latest distinction was the 2013 Grand Prix de Poesie Leopold Sedar Senghor, awarded by the Paris-based Cenacle de Poesie, Arts, et Lettres.