noun \ˈchap-tər\

: 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

Full Definition of CHAPTER

a :  a main division of a book
b :  something resembling a chapter in being a significant specified unit <a new chapter in my life>
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
:  a local branch of an organization

Examples of CHAPTER

  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 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

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Rhymes with CHAPTER


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