chapter

noun

chap·​ter ˈchap-tər How to pronounce chapter (audio)
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
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
: a local branch of an organization

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web The hunt represents another chapter in the rich, 171-year history of regulated deer hunting in the Badger State. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 4 Dec. 2022 Then one of the NFL’s longest-standing rivalries will add another chapter as the Green Bay Packers head to Soldier Field to take on the Chicago Bears. Doug Ziefel, Chicago Tribune, 4 Dec. 2022 But for me, his passing this week at age 84 is the loss of a colorful character and the passing of a fun chapter in baseball history. Dom Amore, Hartford Courant, 3 Dec. 2022 The first trailer for James Gunn's closing chapter in the Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy has just dropped, giving fans a glimpse at how their favorite spacefaring misfits' story will end. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 3 Dec. 2022 While both El Moussa and Hall have two new shows debuting on HGTV in 2023, a major chapter of their lives is closing. Tracey Harrington Mccoy, Peoplemag, 2 Dec. 2022 Writing another chapter in the storied history of St. Bernard’s High School. Globe Columnist, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Dec. 2022 Need to say goodbye to a painful chapter of your life? The Astrotwins, ELLE, 30 Nov. 2022 The passenger obliged, and Bruhn posted for the photograph, adding another unexpected chapter to her Hawaiian Airlines legacy. Francesca Street, CNN, 29 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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

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Cite this Entry

“Chapter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chapter. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

chapter

noun
chap·​ter ˈchap-tər How to pronounce chapter (audio)
1
a
: a main division of a book or of a law code
b
: something like a chapter in being a significant unit
a chapter in my life
2
: a local branch of an organization

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