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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Synonyms for chapter


affiliate, branch, cell, council, local

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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 conversation was moderated by Sheila Wright, president and cofounder of real-estate company Frontline Development group and the former executive director of the NAACP Cleveland chapter. Mary Kilpatrick,, "Common Ground discussion finds ‘dearth of African-American or Hispanic entrepreneurs in Northeast Ohio’," 30 June 2019 The exhibit features original Chinese brush paintings created by members of the Lung Hsiang chapter of the American Artists of Chinese Brush Painting and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Ecke Building. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Participants in self-improvement workshop recognized," 28 June 2019 In its appeal, the national organization argued hazing has not been a part of Miami's chapter for years. Keith Bierygolick,, "Miami University hazing case: 'Please do not say anything that would threaten the future of the fraternity'," 27 June 2019 Later, Northcutt became a lawyer and president of the Texas chapter of the National Organization for Women., "The hard-charging space program: Breakthroughs, breakdowns and breakneck," 27 June 2019 Cabán announced her candidacy in January, won the endorsement of the New York City chapter of the D.S.A., and, in April, secured the endorsement of the Working Families Party, which paid for a campaign manager and other staffers. Jennifer Gonnerman, The New Yorker, "Tiffany Cabán Upends Politics As Usual in Queens," 26 June 2019 Buttigieg, who is seeking the Democratic nomination, canceled campaign appearances following the shooting and was expected to address the incident Sunday at a forum moderated by Michael Patton, president of South Bend’s NAACP chapter. Stacy St. Clair,, "South Bend shooting leaves 1 dead, 10 others wounded," 23 June 2019 Michael Patton, president of the local chapter of the NAACP who moderated the event, pleaded with the audience to let Mr. Buttigieg and other speakers be heard. Kris Maher, WSJ, "Pete Buttigieg Confronts Racial Tensions After Police Shooting in Hometown," 23 June 2019 The Giants will likely trade one of the greatest pitchers in franchise history within the next six weeks, bringing an end to one of the best chapters of the rivalry. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Bochy: Max Muncy ‘poking the bear’ with t-shirt targeting Madison Bumgarner," 20 June 2019

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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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The first known use of chapter was in the 13th century

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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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