[ kuh-pich-uh-ler ]

  1. a member of an ecclesiastical chapter.

  2. capitulars, the laws or statutes of a chapter or of an ecclesiastical council.

  1. Botany. capitate.

  2. pertaining to an ecclesiastical or other chapter.

Origin of capitular

1605–15; <Medieval Latin capitulāris, equivalent to capitul(um) chapter (literally, small head; see capitulum) + -āris-ar1

Other words from capitular

  • ca·pit·u·lar·ly, adverb

Words Nearby capitular Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use capitular in a sentence

  • At all events, the failure of the first attempt at capitular election was enough for her, and she did not repeat the experiment.

  • We found interesting mention of it in several places when setting in order the chaotic mass of capitular muniments at Lichfield.

  • Finally, a capitular government in missionary countries was a physical impossibility, and would disrupt the whole Order.

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921 | Thomas J. Campbell
  • The transverse processes are sometimes well developed and are divided into tubercular and capitular portions.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton | Sidney H. Reynolds
  • The sixteenth vertebra has its tubercular facet on the transverse process, but the capitular facet is borne on the centrum.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton | Sidney H. Reynolds

British Dictionary definitions for capitular


/ (kəˈpɪtjʊlə) /

  1. of or associated with a cathedral chapter

  2. of or relating to a capitulum

Origin of capitular

C17: from Medieval Latin capitulāris, from capitulum chapter

Derived forms of capitular

  • capitularly, adverb

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