means a lattice-screen. In the Roman law courts the lawyers
were cut off from the public by such a screen. (Latin, cancellus.)
Chancel of a church.
That part of a church which contains the altar, and the seats set
apart for the choir. It is generally raised a step or more above the floor of the nave.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894