[kuh-pich-uh-ley-shuh n]


the act of capitulating.
the document containing the terms of a surrender.
a list of the headings or main divisions of a subject; a summary or enumeration.
Often capitulations. a treaty or agreement by which subjects of one country residing or traveling in another are extended extraterritorial rights or special privileges, especially such a treaty between a European country and the former Ottoman rulers of Turkey.

Origin of capitulation

First recorded in 1525–35, capitulation is from the Medieval Latin word capitulātiōn- (stem of capitulātiō). See capitulate, -ion
Related formsca·pit·u·la·to·ry [kuh-pich-uh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /kəˈpɪtʃ ə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectivenon·ca·pit·u·la·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of capitulation

Historical Examples of capitulation

  • After the capitulation he was made prisoner, and in escaping was wounded.

    A Zola Dictionary

    J. G. Patterson

  • After the capitulation of the French army, Loubet was made a prisoner.

    A Zola Dictionary

    J. G. Patterson

  • I proved right, for last month came the capitulation, and here I am.

  • Thither the allied armies had followed him and forced his capitulation.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson

  • The capitulation, with these modifications, was signed by Draper and the Archbishop-Governor.

British Dictionary definitions for capitulation



the act of capitulating
a document containing terms of surrender
a statement summarizing the main divisions of a subject
Derived Formscapitulatory, adjective
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Word Origin and History for capitulation

1530s, "an agreement," from Middle French capitulation, noun of action from capituler "agree on specified terms," from Medieval Latin capitulare "to draw up in heads or chapters, arrange conditions," from capitulum "chapter," in classical Latin "heading," literally "a little head," diminutive of caput (genitive capitis) "head" (see capitulum). Meaning narrowed by mid-17c. to "make terms of surrender."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper