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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Recent Examples on the Web His Sontag flows smoothly, with each of its forty-odd chapters as sharply paced as a short story. Michael Gorra, The New York Review of Books, "Young Woman from the Provinces," 11 Feb. 2020 Since announcing my return, there have been a few bumps but looking forward to returning to the match court and what this next chapter brings ... John Sinnott, CNN, "Kim Clijsters to make long-heralded comeback at WTA tournament in Dubai," 9 Feb. 2020 Part of the reason this chapter of history has been forgotten is because India gained independence from Britain in 1947, just a few years after World War II ended, and many aspects of colonial history were lost. NBC News, "How '1917' highlights erased contributions of Indian soldiers during WWI," 7 Feb. 2020 As this chapter of history draws to a close, one thing is clear: our country deserves better than this. Howard Koplowitz |, al, "Doug Jones to vote to convict Trump on both impeachment articles," 5 Feb. 2020 James cared about his writing style — and was delighted that so many people in his day experienced his textbook chapters as rousing sermons. TheWeek, "How William James encourages us to believe in the possible," 2 Feb. 2020 Today, there are 28 chapters in countries around the world and upwards of 12,000 members. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, "California’s 88-year-old skydiver," 30 Jan. 2020 But as important as closing this lamentable chapter in Boeing’s history might be, Mr. Calhoun has another hot potato on the table that may be of even greater strategic importance: deciding whether to build a new midrange plane. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "The Key Decision Awaiting Boeing’s New CEO," 15 Jan. 2020 The table at the beginning of this chapter shows the turnover and profit of some of the biggest restaurant companies in the country for the financial years ending 2018 and prior. Anoothi Vishal, Quartz India, "Even the most celebrated restaurants in India struggle with profitability," 8 Jan. 2020

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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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“Chapter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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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