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chapter house

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noun
  1. Ecclesiastical. 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.

Origin of chapter house

before 1150; Middle English chapitelhus, Old English captelhus
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Examples from the Web for chapterhouse

Historical Examples

  • In 1511 the Chapterhouse records a tavern brawl that was settled on the spot.

    The Story of Rouen

    Sir Theodore Andrea Cook

  • The traces of this transition may be seen in the Chapterhouse Records of Rouen.

    The Story of Rouen

    Sir Theodore Andrea Cook

  • Large portions also remain of the sacristy, chapterhouse, and calefactory.

  • The painting is extant in the chapterhouse, and is a very fair and unrestored specimen of his best style.

  • The Chapterhouse were obliged to remit half their rents from the farmers ruined by the war.

    The Story of Rouen

    Sir Theodore Andrea Cook


British Dictionary definitions for chapterhouse

chapterhouse

noun
  1. the building attached to a cathedral, collegiate church, or religious house in which the chapter meets
  2. US the meeting place of a college fraternity or sorority
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