from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A seat built into the chancel or ritual choir of a church or cathedral for the use of singers or other officiants.
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One showed the exquisite sculpture on a flying buttress; another the carving of a choir-stall canopy; a third the figure-crowded façade of a western porch.
Flamsted quarries Mary E. Waller
There are also small columns on the oldest choir-stall at Kanten; the face of the back is even more boldly curved, and fantastic heads completely in the round project from it.
The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon 1840-1916 1913
This last would appear in the occasional suffering it caused Moxy, the youngest, to do as his father required, but oftener in the incongruity between the lovely expression of the boy's face, and the oddity of it when it became the field of certain comicalities required of him -- especially when, stuck through between his feet, it had to grin like a demon carved on the folding seat of a choir-stall.
Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald 1864