capitulary

capitulary

[kuh-pich-uh-ler-ee]
adjective
1.
pertaining to a chapter, especially to an ecclesiastical one.
noun, plural capitularies.
2.
a member of a chapter, especially of an ecclesiastical one.
3.
Often, capitularies. an ordinance or law of a Frankish sovereign.

Origin:
1640–50; < Late Latin capitulārius, equivalent to capitul(um) (see capitular) + Latin -ārius -ary

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capitulary (kəˈpɪtjʊlərɪ)
 
n , pl -laries
any of the collections of ordinances promulgated by the Frankish kings (8th--10th centuries ad)
 
[C17: from Medieval Latin capitulāris; see capitular]

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capitulary

ordinance, usually divided into articles (Latin: capitula), promulgated by the Carolingian sovereigns (Charlemagne and his heirs) in western Europe (8th to late 9th century). These ordinances dealt with various issues of administration, the royal domains, and public order and justice, as well as with ecclesiastical problems. Similar acts had been promulgated earlier by the Merovingians

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