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  1. pertaining to a chapter, especially to an ecclesiastical one.
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noun, plural ca·pit·u·lar·ies.
  1. a member of a chapter, especially of an ecclesiastical one.
  2. Often capitularies. an ordinance or law of a Frankish sovereign.
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Origin of capitulary

1640–50; < Late Latin capitulārius, equivalent to capitul(um) (see capitular) + Latin -ārius -ary
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Historical Examples

  • Feudalism claimed its new rights in the capitulary of Quierzy-sur-Oise in 857; the rights of the monarchy began to dwindle in 877.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 7


  • Charlemagne's capitulary, De Villis, instructions to his stewards on the management of his estates.

    Medieval People

    Eileen Edna Power

  • These scenes replete with dignity, took place in that Capitulary Hall now so shamefully defiled.

British Dictionary definitions for capitulary


noun plural -laries
  1. any of the collections of ordinances promulgated by the Frankish kings (8th–10th centuries ad)
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Word Origin

C17: from Medieval Latin capitulāris; see capitular
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