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From Old French chapitel, from Late Latin capitellum (likely a semi-learned borrowing), from Latin capitulum, ultimately from caput(head), whence also French chef.


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

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