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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So this refined suit, then, marks a new style chapter for number 13. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Odell Beckham Jr. Is Winning at Life in This Buttery Calvin Klein Suit," 13 Nov. 2018 The complaint harks back to a dark chapter of NYSE history. Alexander Osipovich, WSJ, "NYSE Probe of Alleged Kickbacks Revives Old Questions," 31 July 2018 Proceeds will go to the Illinois chapter of the Concerns of Police Survivors organization. Lynn Petrak,, "Petrak: La Grange third-grader's lemonade stand raises money for families of fallen police," 11 July 2018 The series will be exploring a new chapter for the young women: senior year of high school, which will include a lot of the stress of college applications, internships and final exams. George Gene Gustines, New York Times, "Archie’s 700th Issue Moves the Riverdale Gang in New Directions," 9 July 2018 This would be a major difference from Alfred Angelo, another bridal retailer that abruptly closed its doors and filed for chapter 7 in 2017. Lillian Rizzo, WSJ, "David’s Bridal Reaches Restructuring Deal With Lenders," 15 Nov. 2018 But don’t discount the others just yet: World of Warcraft’s short set up the next chapter in the Alliance and Horde’s continuing battle, while Heroes of the Storm’s short introduced a new playable hero named Orphea. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Blizzard’s stunning cinematics stole the show at BlizzCon 2018," 2 Nov. 2018 Earlier this week, an important chapter in fingernail history came to a close: Shridhar Chillal of Pune, India, got his nails cut for the first time in 66 years. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Man With World’s Longest Fingernails Finally Gets a Manicure," 13 July 2018 As a key information systems administrator, Wolf was named Information Technologist of the Year in 2013 by the state chapter of APCO — the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Ex-Troy city employee lawsuit for wrongful discharge," 14 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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