sub·​chap·​ter ˈsəb-ˌchap-tər How to pronounce subchapter (audio)
variants or less commonly sub-chapter
plural subchapters also sub-chapters
: a subdivision of a chapter: such as
: a subunit of a chapter of an organization
The club's New York chapter has four subchapters.
: a subdivision of a chapter in a text (such as a book or statute)
And between each chapter is a short subchapter, examining topics such as snowmaking, telemarking, mogul skiing, and heli-skiing.Mike Ginkel
… a 1958 revamp of the tax code adding a subchapter S that created a new category for businesses …The Tampa (Florida) Tribune

Examples of subchapter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More than 6,000 cases have been filed under subchapter V through July, according to the Justice Department. Becky Yerak, WSJ, 28 Sep. 2023 Pass-through entities include sole proprietors, Limited Liability Companies (LLCs), and Subchapter-S corporations (also named for an Internal Revenue Code subchapter). Leon Labrecque, Forbes, 18 May 2021 The subchapter would apply to all felony convictions occurring before, on or after the effective date of the act. Stephen Simpson, Arkansas Online, 30 Nov. 2022 Sole proprietorships, LLCs, and subchapter S corporations don’t qualify. Bob Carlson, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subchapter was in 1895

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“Subchapter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Legal Definition


: a subdivision of a chapter (as of a statute or code)

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