Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

chapter

play
noun chap·ter \ˈchap-tər\

Simple Definition of chapter

  • : one of the main sections of a book

  • : a period of time that is very different from the period of time before it

  • : the people in a certain area who make up one section of a large organization

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of chapter

  1. 1 a :  a main division of a book b :  something resembling a chapter in being a significant specified unit <a new chapter in my life>

  2. 2 a :  a regular meeting of the canons of a cathedral or collegiate church or of the members of a religious house b :  the body of canons of a cathedral or collegiate church

  3. 3 :  a local branch of an organization

Examples of chapter in a sentence

  1. Chapter three deals with the country's economy.

  2. Please read the first two chapters of your textbook for our next class.

  3. Becoming a parent opened up a whole new chapter in my life.

  4. a difficult chapter in European history



Origin and Etymology of chapter

Middle English chapitre, from Anglo-French chapitre, chapitle, from Late Latin capitulum division of a book & Medieval Latin, meeting place of canons, from Latin, diminutive of capit-, caput head — more at head


First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with chapter



CHAPTER Defined for Kids

chapter

play
noun chap·ter \ˈchap-tər\

Definition of chapter for Students

  1. 1 :  a main division of a book or story

  2. 2 :  a local branch of a club or organization <the charity's Springfield chapter>





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up chapter? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to proceed clumsily or ineffectually

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

lavender-fields-in-france

Which of these is a synonym of caesura?

torrent interruption megillah rebellion
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ