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  1. a member of an ecclesiastical chapter.
  2. capitulars, the laws or statutes of a chapter or of an ecclesiastical council.
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  1. Botany. capitate.
  2. pertaining to an ecclesiastical or other chapter.
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Origin of capitular

1605–15; < Medieval Latin capitulāris, equivalent to capitul(um) chapter (literally, small head; see capitulum) + -āris -ar1
Related formsca·pit·u·lar·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for capitular

Historical Examples

  • But the Cathedral has claims upon others beside the Capitular body.

    Ely Cathedral


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

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921

    Thomas J. Campbell

  • Throughout the whole reign elections by capitular bodies were constantly set at nought.

  • Here the dean and chapter met for the transaction of their capitular affairs, and here the bishop held his synods.

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

British Dictionary definitions for capitular


  1. of or associated with a cathedral chapter
  2. of or relating to a capitulum
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Derived Formscapitularly, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Medieval Latin capitulāris, from capitulum chapter
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