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sedilia (n. pl.) series of (three) seats in the sanctuary of a church; rarely sg. sedile XVIII. — L. sedīlia, pl. of sedīle, f. sedēre SIT; see -ILE, -IA2.

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sedilia a group of stone seats for clergy in the south chancel wall of a church, usually three in number and often canopied and decorated. The word is recorded from the late 18th century, and comes from Latin, meaning ‘seat’.