ca·​pit·​u·​lary kə-ˈpi-chə-ˌler-ē How to pronounce capitulary (audio)
plural capitularies
: a civil or ecclesiastical ordinance
also : a collection of ordinances

Word History


Medieval Latin capitulare, literally, document divided into sections, from Late Latin capitulum section, chapter — more at chapter

First Known Use

1650, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of capitulary was in 1650

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Cite this Entry

“Capitulary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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