Meaning of cancellus

can•cel•lus

Pronunciation: (kan-sel'us), [key]
— pl. -cel•li
  1. (in an early Christian basilica) one of a row of bars separating the clergy and sometimes the choir from the congregation.
  2. (in an ancient Roman basilica) one of a row of bars separating the court personnel from the spectators.
  3. a screen of such bars.
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