chapter

noun chap·ter \ ˈchap-tər \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of chapter

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 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 :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

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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

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CHAPTER Defined for English Language Learners

chapter

noun

Definition of chapter for English Language Learners

  • : 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


CHAPTER Defined for Kids

chapter

noun chap·ter \ ˈchap-tər \

Definition of chapter for Students

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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