chapiteau

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French chapitel, from Late Latin capitellum (likely a semi-learned borrowing), from Latin capitulum, ultimately from caput (head), whence also French chef. Doublet of cadeau, a borrowing from Old Occitan, and caudillo, a borrowing from Spanish.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ʃa.pi.to/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

chapiteau m (plural chapiteaux)

  1. a circus tent, or any similar set-up used for spectacles or events
  2. (architecture) the capital of a column, baluster or similar structure
  3. (aeronautics) the conical part at the front end of a rocket
  4. (chemistry) the top part of an alembic, where condensation occurs

Descendants[edit]

  • Czech: šapitó

Further reading[edit]