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Definition of "transept" [tran•sept]

  • The transverse part of a cruciform church, crossing the nave at right angles. (noun)
  • Either of the two lateral arms of such a part. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "transept" in a sentence
  • "Descending to the church, the Pope proceeds to the northern transept, which is fitted up for the occasion."
  • "In respect to the latter we would like to investigate whether the form of the building, namely a transept-basilica, corresponds to a martyrium, housing the relics of a saint."
  • "Covering the foundations and bedrock in the northern part of the transept was a floor of limestone slabs laid in a bed of mortar, some of them still present in the northwest and southeast corners of the space."