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