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nave nave (nāv) noun

The central part of a church [Webmaster's note: or barn], extending from the narthex to the chancel [Webmaster's note: i.e. end to end] and flanked by aisles.

[Medieval Latin nāvis, from Latin, ship (probably from its shape).]


The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition copyright © 1992 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Electronic version licensed from InfoSoft International, Inc. All rights reserved.

Note the similarity of the drawing to a barn cross-section.

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