- Ecclesiastical. a building attached to or a hall forming part of a cathedral or monastery, used as a meeting place for the chapter.
- 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
In 1511 the Chapterhouse records a tavern brawl that was settled on the spot.
The traces of this transition may be seen in the Chapterhouse Records of Rouen.
Large portions also remain of the sacristy, chapterhouse, and calefactory.The Heart of Wessex
The painting is extant in the chapterhouse, and is a very fair and unrestored specimen of his best style.Fra Bartolommeo and Andrea D'Agnolo
The Chapterhouse were obliged to remit half their rents from the farmers ruined by the war.
- the building attached to a cathedral, collegiate church, or religious house in which the chapter meets
- US the meeting place of a college fraternity or sorority
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