Pronounced: pear-ih-gruh-NAY-shun, noun
Notes: I think I’ve run across this word
The word chancel means “the space about the altar of a church, usually enclosed, for the clergy and other officials”
Our word came into English around 1300
Background / Comments
As I noted, I’ve heard of a “chancel choir”; even with the definition of chancel, I’m not sure what that phrase means. Some churches seem to call their churches “chancel choirs”, but it doesn’t seem to have any particular meaning. Our word came from Middle English, which came from Middle French, which came from Late Latin cancellus (lattice, railing, or screen before the altar of a church).