chap·ter | \ˈchap-tər \

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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The rail line will mark a new chapter for Van Nuys Boulevard, once the heart of the Valley’s cruising culture. Laura J. Nelson,, "The Valley will get light rail: Metro board approves north-south line along Van Nuys Boulevard," 28 June 2018 The recent statement by the Royal College of Surgeons suggests that a new chapter may be coming in the bones’ long saga. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Why the Skeleton of the “Irish Giant” Could Be Buried at Sea," 26 June 2018 Vertex Pharmaceuticals opened its new San Diego research center Monday, starting a new chapter in a decades-long quest to not only treat but cure cystic fibrosis. Bradley J. Fikes,, "Vertex Pharmaceuticals opens expanded San Diego research center with focus on cystic fibrosis," 18 June 2018 The 13-episode first season represents somewhat of a new chapter for Hulu’s comedy brand after the streamer closed the books on half-hours like The Mindy Project and Casual. Kate Stanhope, The Hollywood Reporter, "On the Set of 'Future Man' as Seth Rogen, Josh Hutcherson Push the Limits With Hulu's Comedy," 18 June 2018 Next to Citronica housing and a stop along the San Diego Trolley line, the Promenade Park won an award in 2014 from the local chapter of the American Public Works Association. Karen Pearlman,, "Architecture students hope to freshen Lemon Grove park," 11 July 2018 Among them were leaders of the local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, whose national fame has been growing since one of its members upset the Democratic incumbent in a New York congressional primary last month. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "‘Where are the babies, Mitch?’: McConnell pursued from restaurant by angry crowd," 8 July 2018 Buoyed by the victories of young socialist candidates in Pennsylvania, Arielle Cohen, co-chairperson of a local DSA chapter, told The Huffington Post that momentum was on the side of ultra-left liberals. Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, "In socialist candidates' election success, some see ominous rejection of Democratic 'Old Guard'," 7 July 2018 Four candidates endorsed by local chapters of the Democratic Socialists of America — Elizabeth Fiedler, Kristin Seale, Summer Lee, and Sara Innamorato — won their primaries for state representative this spring. Chris Brennan,, "The left-wing uprising that led to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's victory in N.Y.? It happened first in Pa. | Clout," 6 July 2018

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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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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 \

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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