1. [syn: chancel, sanctuary, bema]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Bema \Be"ma\, n. [Gr. ? step, platform.]
1. (Gr. Antiq.) A platform from which speakers addressed an
(a) That part of an early Christian church which was
reserved for the higher clergy; the inner or eastern
part of the chancel.
(b) Erroneously: A pulpit.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: area around the altar of a church for the clergy and choir;
often enclosed by a lattice or railing [syn: chancel,