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CANCELLI (plural of Lat. cancellus, d...

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Originally appearing in Volume V05, Page 175 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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CANCELLI (plural of Lat. cancellus, dim. of cancer, a crossing bar), in architecture, the term given to barriers which correspond to the modern balustrade or railing, especially the screen dividing the body of a church from the part occupied by the ministers; hence " chancel " (q.v.). By the Romans cancelli were similarly employed to divide off portions of the courts of law (cf. the English " bar ").
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