Definition of chapter in English:

chapter

noun

  • 1A main division of a book, typically with a number or title.

    ‘we will deal with this in chapter eleven’
    • ‘In his hunger to possess books he admired, one friend copied down, sentence by sentence into a notebook, entire chapters from a favourite book.’
    • ‘If the story evolves into a book, the chapters will have titles.’
    • ‘Indeed, an entire chapter in the book was titled The Theory of Evolution.’
    • ‘Rather than building up the connection behind the idea in the title, the ten chapters in this book dwell with secondary hypotheses whose arguments are haphazardly repeated.’
    • ‘The book consists of eleven chapters by a variety of authors.’
    • ‘Three chapters of this book directly address diversity, defined here as more than just race; diversity means individuality.’
    • ‘The last chapter of the book, titled ‘Personal Morality,’ is brief but important.’
    • ‘If you're pressed for time, read the short first chapter.’
    • ‘The final six chapters deal with more technical issues.’
    • ‘Remember all those articles, journals, chapters, and books you meant to read about knowledge management?’
    • ‘Although this is a worthy project, one is immediately challenged by the tenor of the writing and even the titles of key chapters in the book.’
    • ‘Vernon assigned some very easy homework from the first chapter of our text book, and then we were dismissed.’
    • ‘The book contains 11 chapters, plus a prologue and epilogue, and an extensive suggested reading list.’
    • ‘She instructed us to read the first five chapters in our text book and answer all accompanying problems.’
    • ‘The chapter reads more like a stand alone essay than a chapter in a book.’
    • ‘The three main chapters of the book were first given in 2000 as part of a Columbia University lecture series on American culture.’
    • ‘The book's eleven chapters are divided into three thematic parts.’
    • ‘I found it in amongst the pages of the manuscript, between two chapters like a book mark.’
    • ‘By way of an epilogue, the last chapter of the book discusses recent innovations in music.’
    • ‘Presented in a series of chapters that read like independent articles, rather than unified chapters, the book can feel disjointed at times.’
    section, division, part, portion, segment, component, bit
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    1. 1.1An Act of Parliament numbered as part of a session's proceedings.
      • ‘The standard method of referencing an Act of Parliament is by its short title, which includes the year followed by the chapter number in brackets.’
      • ‘Each volume contains the acts of the year arranged by chapter number.’
    2. 1.2A section of a treaty.
      ‘a majority voted for the inclusion of the social chapter in the treaty’
      • ‘At Maastricht we won the opt-out which kept the pound and the opt-out from the social chapter, which labour threw away.’
      • ‘On Europe, he promised a referendum on the EU Constitution before next October and to pull out of the EU common fisheries policy and the social chapter.’
      • ‘The special minority chapters in these peace treaties contained what became known as the guarantee clause.’
      • ‘The social chapter of the Maastricht treaty deserved support on its own merits.’
      • ‘Labour is a trade union party so it was taken for granted it would fully implement the social chapter of the Maastricht Treaty.’
  • 2A distinctive period in history or in a person's life.

    ‘the people are about to begin a new chapter in their history’
    • ‘What begins as a personal odyssey becomes a fascinating exploration of one of the darkest chapters in the history of modern Ireland.’
    • ‘‘This helps us fill in the missing chapters of Chippenham's history,’ he said.’
    • ‘As such, this marks the beginning of a new chapter in the history of the school and signals a significant increase in the resources and staffing for physical education and sport.’
    • ‘They were truly ahead of their time, and one of the saddest chapters in wrestling history was the day they closed their doors forever.’
    • ‘The loss of these collections will close a chapter in the book of human enquiry forever.’
    • ‘They might be able to consign the civil war to a tragic chapter of history.’
    • ‘"It's another grubby chapter in a rather sinister saga, " added Ms Doyle.’
    • ‘He decided to focus his energy more specifically within the black community during the final chapter of his life.’
    • ‘The years spent in Missouri were one of the bitterest chapters in Mormon history.’
    • ‘It was a nightmarish experience that still haunts us, a hideous chapter in our history that refuses to be forgotten.’
    • ‘There is a desire to close what was a dark chapter in history.’
    • ‘Last year marked a new chapter in the history of information security.’
    • ‘The story of Mexican lynching is not a footnote in history but rather a critical chapter in the history of Anglo western expansion and conquest.’
    • ‘A dawn flag-lowering ceremony, as the sun broke through on Tuesday morning, formally brought a chapter in Irish military history to a close.’
    • ‘The United States saw the conflict as a chapter of the Cold War.’
    • ‘The English rushed down from the ridge, losing their position and discipline. The Normans slaughtered them and so began one of the darkest chapters in English history.’
    • ‘My taxi driver shouted these stories over his shoulder as if they were history, sad chapters from Peru's violent past.’
    • ‘This has the earmarks of the sort of backroom politicking that has marked some of the darkest chapters in American history.’
    • ‘One of the saddest chapters in the history of industrial Rochdale has taken place with the assets of an engineering company going under the auctioneer's hammer.’
    • ‘Now a chapter of history is closing and for very many children, teachers and other staff, memories come flooding back, some happy and some, of course, not so happy.’
    • ‘The story of native residential schools is an ignoble chapter in Canadian history.’
    period, time, phase, page, stage, episode, epoch, era
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    1. 2.1A series or sequence.
      ‘the latest episode in a chapter of problems’
      • ‘It is the latest in a chapter of accidents since the defending champions arrived in France over a month ago.’
      • ‘Yesterday brought us a chapter of disasters.’
      • ‘‘It’s been a chapter of adventures,’ he said.’
  • 3The governing body of a religious community or knightly order.

    ‘land granted by the Dean and Chapter of St Paul's Cathedral’
    • ‘One of the more controversial parts of the new church order is the decision to give Parish Councils, not the cathedral chapters, the power to hire clergy.’
    • ‘In 1304 he was present at the general chapter of the Dominican order held at Toulouse.’
    • ‘Banning admission fees would mean introducing legislation to prohibit charging by independent deans and chapters of cathedrals.’
    • ‘In 1176 Pope Alexander III resolved the dispute by declaring the cities to be joint-sees and ordering the chapters to hold elections together.’
    • ‘Most northern chapters of the chivalric orders had salles like this one, and the weather raging outside the thick walls reminded Charrow of why that was.’
    governing body, council, assembly, convocation, convention, synod, consistory
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  • 4North American A local branch of a society.

    ‘a leaflet was issued by the local chapter of the American Cancer Society’
    • ‘The first relationship state coordinators develop is with the chairs of the chapters ' legislative committees in their states.’
    • ‘Social clubs, association chapters and labor unions have been in decline for decades.’
    • ‘This might be a good time to call your local chapter with a donation or even an offer to volunteer.’
    • ‘The following are some tips from that seminar which may help your student chapter better use their local associations.’
    • ‘Many of our California Delegates represent our local chapters, and work with the state association to give us a greater presence in these elections.’
    • ‘This year he's president of the local chapter, which has about 200 members.’
    • ‘Encourage students to form their own departmental organizations, like a physics club or a chapter of the Society of Physics Students.’
    • ‘For every kilometer I walked, I raised money for our local chapter of the American Diabetes Society.’
    • ‘On occasion, the Association has suffered discredit because of the actions or communications of chapters and conferences.’
    • ‘The headquarters staff also will handle fund-raising mass mailings, with chapters handling more targeted local mailings.’
    • ‘If you live in a big city, you really ought to look into organizing a chapter of your own local bloggers.’
    • ‘Start by deciding how to tell the community about your chapter's activities.’
    • ‘My mother covered him with blankets, and a neighbor phoned the local chapter of the Humane Society for help.’
    • ‘Local youth and college chapters plan to go back into their communities and hold additional town hall meetings on Social Security.’
    • ‘This also is the perfect time of year to recruit new members for your local association or collegiate chapter.’
    • ‘Local chapters of these organizations appeared throughout the country and even penetrated deeply into many rural areas.’
    • ‘Talk with someone from your local chapter of the American Cancer Society or a similar organization.’
    • ‘Their primary purpose was to network and enhance communications between state chapters.’
    • ‘He serves as president of the local chapter of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, and he is a licensed commercial pilot.’
    • ‘Organizations devoted to helping people deal with this problem have about 6,000 local chapters altogether.’
    branch, division, subdivision, section, department, bureau, agency, lodge, wing, arm, offshoot, subsidiary, satellite
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    1. 4.1A local group of Hell's Angels.
      • ‘There are now nearly 600 Hell's Angels in 34 chapters across the country.’
      • ‘Raised by his grandmother, he befriended the Aarhus chapter of the Hell's Angels motorbike gang, is smothered in tattoos and has his nipples pierced.’
      • ‘He is wanted for murder - in this Arizona chapter of the Hell's Angels.’
      • ‘She was also the president of a female chapter of the Hell's Angels bikers club.’
      • ‘He plays about 250 shows a year for audiences that run the gamut from Bible societies to Hell's Angels chapters.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French chapitre, from Latin capitulum, diminutive of caput head.

Pronunciation:

chapter

/ˈtʃaptə/