Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    A small church.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    A place of worship; a lesser or inferior church, sometimes a part of or subordinate to another church. Webster. Rex v. Nixon, 7 Car. & P. 442.
    —Chapel of ease. In English ecclesiastical Jaw. A cbapel founded in general at some period later than the parochial church itself, mid designed for the accommodation of such of the parishioners as, in course of lime, had begun to fix their residence at some distance from its site; and so termed because built in aid of the original church. 3 Steph. Comm. 151.
    —Private chapel. Chapela owned by private persons, and used by themselves and their families, are called "private," as opposed to chapels of ease, which are bnilt for the accommodation of particular districts within a parish, in ease of the original parish church. 2 Steph. Comm. 745,
    — Proprietary chapels. In English law. Those belonging to private persons who have purchased or erected them with a view to profit or otherwise.
    —Public chapels. In English law, are chapels founded at some period later than the church itself. They were designed for the accommodation of such of the parishioners as in course of time had begun to fix their residence at a distance from its site; and chapels so circumstanced were described as "chapels of ease," because built in aid of the original church. 3 Steph. Comm. (7th Ed.) 745.