Definition of chapter
1a : a main division of a bookb : 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 houseb : the body of canons of a cathedral or collegiate church
3 : a local branch of an organization
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
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
CHAPTER Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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