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also dos·sel  (dŏs′əl)
An ornamental hanging of rich fabric, as behind an altar.

[Medieval Latin dossāle, from neuter of dossālis, dorsal, from Late Latin dorsālis; see dorsal.]


(ˈdɒsəl) or


(Ecclesiastical Terms) an ornamental hanging, placed at the back of an altar or at the sides of a chancel
[C17: from Medieval Latin dossāle, neuter of dossālis, variant of dorsālis dorsal]


or dos•sel

(ˈdɒs əl)

an ornamental hanging placed at the back of an altar or at the sides of the chancel.
[1650–60; < Medieval Latin dossale, for Latin dorsale, neuter of dorsālis, derivative of dorsum back]
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Noun1.dossal - an ornamental hanging of rich fabric hung behind the altar of a church or at the sides of a chancel
hanging, wall hanging - decoration that is hung (as a tapestry) on a wall or over a window; "the cold castle walls were covered with hangings"
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Among the furnishings for her chambers: a rich bed with an embroidered cover with the Habsburg arms, mirrors, dossals, tooled leather hangings, carpets and richly embroidered pillows.