One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The office of a capitoul.
2Any one of the wards or quarters of Toulouse presided over by a capitoul.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Bowes (fl. 1579–1589), translator. From Middle French capitolat, French capitoulat office or function of capitoul, district of Toulouse presided over by a capitoul from Old Occitan capitolat district of Toulouse presided over by a capitoul from capitol + -at.
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