1. the room where the Last Supper took place.


  1. a supper room, esp one on an upper floor
  2. (capital) the room in which the Last Supper took place

c.1400, from Old French cenacle, variant of cenaille (14c., Modern French cénacle), from Latin cenaculum “dining room,” from cena “mid-day meal, afternoon meal,” literally “portion of food,” from PIE *kert-sna-, from root *(s)ker- “to cut” (see shear (v.)). Latin cenaculum was used in the Vulgate for the “upper room” where the Last Supper was eaten.

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