Definition of chapter house in English:

chapter house


  • 1A building used for the meetings of the canons of a cathedral or other religious community.

    • ‘Originally the cathedral's chapter house, the building was transformed into a girls' school in 1853.’
    • ‘The site incorporated a church, chapter house, and residence.’
    • ‘The chapter house where, until the Reformation, Parliament met was one of the earliest parts to be completed.’
    • ‘The size of the chapter house was severely reduced to accommodate a pair of symmetrically located streets bordering the rotunda.’
    • ‘The panels will carry light-patterns based on traditional patterns and decorative surfaces found in York's historic buildings, such as the tiles in the floor of the Minster's chapter house.’
    • ‘The chapter house of a monastery, cathedral, or collegiate foundation was second only to the church in importance, and was usually built in close proximity to it.’
    • ‘In 1817 the Cathedral was enlarged an the present tower and chapter house added.’
    • ‘Highlights of these volumes are the windows of the choir clerestory, and the tracery lights of various chapels and of the chapter house, which represent the highest quality English painting of c.1285 to 1345.’
    • ‘The chapter house, where the monks met daily for abbey business, is a polygonal structure with a stone vaulted roof, with stone benches around the walls and three arched seat-niches for the abbot, the prior and the sub-prior.’
    • ‘A further diocesan building immediately to the north, the chapter house, was finished in the 1890s (it housed St. Alban's Cathedral School until 1910).’
    • ‘An exhibition about the new research will be on display in the cathedral chapter house until June 30.’
    • ‘The structure consisted of The Abbey Church, dormitories, cloister, chapter house, treasury, parlours, kitchen, refectory, workshops and stores.’
    • ‘To the west, extending into the modern graveyard, are parts of the nave and choir, while north of the church is the site of the twelve-sided chapter house and the cloisters.’
    1. 1.1US A place where a college fraternity or sorority meets.
      • ‘Alpha Phi was the first women's sorority to have a chapter house.’
      • ‘The financial management of each fraternity/sorority chapter house is the responsibility of the student membership.’
      • ‘Wayne Delia, grand delta of Phi Kappa Sigma for the North Atlantic Region, provided a chapter review based on information gathered during recent visits to the Potsdam chapter house and in meetings with college officials.’


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