chapter

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noun chap·ter \ˈchap-tər\

Definition of chapter

  1. 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. 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. 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

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

chapter

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noun chap·ter \ˈchap-tər\

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

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noun chap·ter \ˈchap-tər\

Definition of chapter for Students

  1. 1 :  a main division of a book or story

  2. 2 :  a local branch of a club or organization <the charity's Springfield chapter>



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