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chaptrel

[ chap-truhl ]

noun

, Architecture.
  1. a capital, as on a pilaster or vaulting shaft, engaged in masonry on one or more sides.
  2. a small capital.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of chaptrel1

1670–80; chapter + -el < Latin -ellum diminutive suffix

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Example Sentences

Chaptrel, chap′trel, n. the capital of a pillar which supports an arch.

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