Chapter house

Chapter house
Chapter Chap"ter, n. [OF. chapitre, F. chapitre, fr. L. capitulum, dim. of caput head, the chief person or thing, the principal division of a writing, chapter. See {Chief}, and cf, {Chapiter}.] 1. A division of a book or treatise; as, Genesis has fifty chapters. [1913 Webster]

2. (Eccl.) (a) An assembly of monks, or of the prebends and other clergymen connected with a cathedral, conventual, or collegiate church, or of a diocese, usually presided over by the dean. (b) A community of canons or canonesses. (c) A bishop's council. (d) A business meeting of any religious community. [1913 Webster]

3. An organized branch of some society or fraternity as of the Freemasons. --Robertson. [1913 Webster]

4. A meeting of certain organized societies or orders. [1913 Webster]

5. A chapter house. [R.] --Burrill. [1913 Webster]

6. A decretal epistle. --Ayliffe. [1913 Webster]

7. A location or compartment. [1913 Webster]

In his bosom! In what chapter of his bosom? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Chapter head}, or {Chapter heading}, that which stands at the head of a chapter, as a title.

{Chapter house}, a house or room where a chapter meets, esp. a cathedral chapter.

{The chapter of accidents}, chance. --Marryat. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • chapter house — chapter houses 1) N COUNT A chapter house is the building or set of rooms in the grounds of a cathedral where the members of the clergy hold their meetings. 2) N COUNT In a university or college, a chapter house is the place where a fraternity or …   English dictionary

  • chapter house — n. 1. the place where a chapter, as of monks, meets ☆ 2. the house of a fraternity or sorority chapter …   English World dictionary

  • Chapter-house — (engl., spr. tschäppter haus), Kapitelhaus, ein vier oder mehreckiger Anbau an englische Kathedralen, in dem sich das Domkapitel zu seinen Sitzungen zu versammeln pflegte …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • chapter house — chapter ,house noun count 1. ) AMERICAN a meeting place for students who are members of a FRATERNITY or SORORITY at a university 2. ) a building where the priests who work in a CATHEDRAL have meetings …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Chapter house — This article is about church architecture. For the Navajo administrative meeting place, see Chapter house (Navajo Nation). The Chapterhouse at Lincoln Cathedral. Note the flying buttresses surrounding the building …   Wikipedia

  • chapter house — 1. Eccles. a building attached to or a hall forming part of a cathedral or monastery, used as a meeting place for the chapter. 2. a building used by a chapter of a society, fraternity, sorority, etc. [bef. 1150; ME chapitelhus, OE captelhus] * *… …   Universalium

  • chapter house — noun Etymology: Middle English chapitre hous, from chapitre chapter + hous house 1. : a building, room, or suite of rooms where a chapter meets or transacts its business 2. : a meeting place or residence of a local chapter of a college fraternity …   Useful english dictionary

  • chapter house — noun a) A building attached to a cathedral, church, or monastery and used as a meeting place. The cloister, and the chapter house adjoining to the church, are the finest here of any I have seen in England; the latter is octagon, or eight square,… …   Wiktionary

  • chapter house — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms chapter house : singular chapter house plural chapter houses 1) a building where the priests who work in a cathedral have their meetings 2) American a meeting place for students who are members of a fraternity… …   English dictionary

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