Charles Buck Theological Dictionary
A community of ecclesiastics belonging to a cathedral or collegiate church. The chief or head of the chapter is the dean; the body consists of canons or prebendaries. The chapter has now no longer a place in the administration of the diocese during the life of the Bishop; but succeeds to the whole episcopal jurisdiction during the vacancy of the see.
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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Chapter'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/cbd/c/chapter.html. 1802.