chapter house

chapter house (plural chapter houses)

  1. A building attached to a cathedral, church, or monastery and used as a meeting place.
    • 1724, Daniel Defoe, "Journey from London to the Land's End":
      The cloister, and the chapter-house adjoining to the church, are the finest here of any I have seen in England; the latter is octagon, or eight-square, and is 150 feet in its circumference.
  2. A building used by a sorority or fraternity as a residence or meeting place.
    • 1929 Sep. 23, "[,9171,732856,00.html New Plays in Manhattan]," Time:
      At the house-party herein represented a murder is done, and the locale of the deed is a chapter house on the pleasant campus at Williamston, Mass.
  • (building used by a sorority or fraternity) Greek house

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