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n. pl. se·di·lia (-dĭl′yə, -dĭl′ē-ə)
One of a set of seats provided in a church for the use of the presiding clergy, usually three in number and located on the liturgical south side of the chancel, often in a niche built into the wall.

[Latin sedīle, seat, from sedēre, to sit; see sed- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Ecclesiastical Terms) (functioning as singular) the group of three seats, each called a sedile (sɛˈdaɪlɪ) or sedilium (sɛˈdaɪlɪəm), often recessed, on the south side of a sanctuary where the celebrant and ministers sit at certain points during High Mass
[C18: from Latin, from sedīle a chair, from sedēre to sit]
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The fourth illustration of details contains three images, the astronomical clock, a portion of the sedilia at the high altar, and the bishops throne.
Treuliais amser yn y gangell, yn astudio'r seddau ac yn enwedig sedd yr Archesgob a wedyn yn nodi'r gwrthgyferbyniad llwyr a'r 'sedilia' sef y seddau cerrig sydd ar ochr ddeheuol y gangell wedi eu gosod o fewn bwa miniog.
ST MARTIN OF TOURS CHURCH, HAVERFORDWEST - PS100,000 St Martins is Grade II* listed as a church of early medieval origins, retaining good 14th Century Gothic chancel arch, sedilia, piscina and porch niches.