chap·​ter | \ ˈchap-tər How to pronounce chapter (audio) \

Definition of chapter

1a : a main division of a book
b : something resembling a chapter in being a significant specified unit a new chapter in my life
2a : 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 : a local branch of an organization

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Examples of chapter in a Sentence

Chapter three deals with the country's economy. Please read the first two chapters of your textbook for our next class. Becoming a parent opened up a whole new chapter in my life. a difficult chapter in European history
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First Known Use of chapter

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of chapter was in the 13th century

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22 Feb 2021

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“Chapter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners 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


chap·​ter | \ ˈchap-tər How to pronounce chapter (audio) \

Kids Definition of chapter

1 : a main division of a book or story
2 : a local branch of a club or organization the charity's Springfield chapter

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