chapter

noun
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

Synonyms

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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Young Women in Bio is a nonprofit organization with 13 chapters across the U.S. and Canada. Shannon Willoby, Redbook, "Why Girls Need More Mentors in STEM," 8 Mar. 2019 In the Kitchen's chapter of her book, Joanna shares the story of a client's corner at the far end of the room that would become a few feet of empty, unused space. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "4 Joanna Gaines Design Secrets You'll Want To Steal," 7 Dec. 2018 The cocktail makes an appearance in chapter 7 of The Great Gatsby (Tom Buchanan mixes four of them). Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "How to Make F. Scott Fitzgerald's Favorite Cocktail: The Gin Rickey," 10 Aug. 2018 The Boys & Girls Clubs of America is a national organization that provides after-school programs and services for children across 4,300 chapters, serving 4.3 million kids. Ale Russian, PEOPLE.com, "Denzel Washington Is Giving Back to the Boys & Girls Club: It 'Helped Make Me the Man I Am Today'," 5 July 2018 This spring, officials announced Gary as the first official chapter outside of Indianapolis, providing it with a $50,000 grant from the Indiana Drug Enforcement Association to establish the program. Meredith Colias-pete, Post-Tribune, "Gary experiences weekend of peace after wave of violence," 2 July 2018 Following chapters about having the right mindset and others with rigorous workout routines, Patrick’s book focuses on food. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Danica Patrick shares her favorite dessert recipes, plus which one Aaron Rodgers loves," 21 June 2018 The tome was reissued this year, with a new chapter about their late grandmother, Barbara Bush. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Laura Bush Celebrates Barbara and Jenna's Birthday with a Sweet Throwback Instagram Post," 26 Nov. 2018 Asa Mathat Tinder co-founder Sean Rad’s saga with former parent company IAC has started a new chapter. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Tinder’s co-founders are suing former parent company IAC for at least $2 billion," 14 Aug. 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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The first known use of chapter was in the 13th century

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chapter

noun

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

chapter

noun
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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