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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Terry Montesi, CEO of Trademark, has been working on the next chapter for Galleria Dallas. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "The Container Store to exit Galleria North as retailer and shopping center respond to changing times," 9 July 2019 The winner of the clash between human and machine, between technology and tradition, will dictate the next chapter in the lengthy history of private security in Sao Paulo, where wealth, fear and inequality collide. Washington Post, "‘A golden prison’: In Brazil’s largest city, home security is a high-tech arms race," 9 July 2019 The next chapter in the nightmarish legend of Annabelle came when Donna and her friends came home only to find the doll leaking blood. Rosie Knight,, "Yep, Annabelle Comes Home Comes From A Spooky, Possibly True Story," 30 June 2019 The project follows the next chapter of the Emmy Award-winning documentary, based on a harrowing love story during the war in Iraq. Joey Nolfi,, "Yvie Oddly, Nina West, more Drag Race stars getting new reality shows," 27 June 2019 According to CBS All Access, the series follows the character into the next chapter of his life. Chuck Barney, The Mercury News, "‘Star Trek: Picard’ — Berkeley’s Michael Chabon to run the show," 27 June 2019 In her mind, the next chapter in the play’s life has yet to be written — in pen or otherwise. San Diego Union-Tribune, "At La Jolla Playhouse, ‘The Luckiest’ looks at who sticks around when crisis strikes," 21 June 2019 These results open a new chapter, says Jeffrey Bluestone, an immunologist at the University of California, San Francisco, and part of the research team. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "In milestone trial, experimental drug delays type 1 diabetes," 9 June 2019 The next chapter of the beloved series will return to HBO on June 9. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "How to Watch Big Little Lies Season Two," 17 May 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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