Definition of chapter in English:

chapter

noun

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

    • ‘Remember all those articles, journals, chapters, and books you meant to read about knowledge management?’
    • ‘I found it in amongst the pages of the manuscript, between two chapters like a book mark.’
    • ‘The book contains 11 chapters, plus a prologue and epilogue, and an extensive suggested reading list.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She instructed us to read the first five chapters in our text book and answer all accompanying problems.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Indeed, an entire chapter in the book was titled The Theory of Evolution.’
    • ‘The final six chapters deal with more technical issues.’
    • ‘Presented in a series of chapters that read like independent articles, rather than unified chapters, the book can feel disjointed at times.’
    • ‘If the story evolves into a book, the chapters will have titles.’
    • ‘The three main chapters of the book were first given in 2000 as part of a Columbia University lecture series on American culture.’
    • ‘The chapter reads more like a stand alone essay than a chapter in a book.’
    • ‘In his hunger to possess books he admired, one friend copied down, sentence by sentence into a notebook, entire chapters from a favourite book.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Vernon assigned some very easy homework from the first chapter of our text book, and then we were dismissed.’
    • ‘The book's eleven chapters are divided into three thematic parts.’
    • ‘By way of an epilogue, the last chapter of the book discusses recent innovations in music.’
    section, division, part, portion, segment, component, bit
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  • 2North American A local branch of a society.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Their primary purpose was to network and enhance communications between state chapters.’
    • ‘This year he's president of the local chapter, which has about 200 members.’
    • ‘Social clubs, association chapters and labor unions have been in decline for decades.’
    • ‘Many of our California Delegates represent our local chapters, and work with the state association to give us a greater presence in these elections.’
    • ‘Local chapters of these organizations appeared throughout the country and even penetrated deeply into many rural areas.’
    • ‘This also is the perfect time of year to recruit new members for your local association or collegiate chapter.’
    • ‘The following are some tips from that seminar which may help your student chapter better use their local associations.’
    • ‘This might be a good time to call your local chapter with a donation or even an offer to volunteer.’
    • ‘He serves as president of the local chapter of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, and he is a licensed commercial pilot.’
    • ‘On occasion, the Association has suffered discredit because of the actions or communications of chapters and conferences.’
    • ‘My mother covered him with blankets, and a neighbor phoned the local chapter of the Humane Society for help.’
    • ‘For every kilometer I walked, I raised money for our local chapter of the American Diabetes Society.’
    • ‘Talk with someone from your local chapter of the American Cancer Society or a similar organization.’
    • ‘Encourage students to form their own departmental organizations, like a physics club or a chapter of the Society of Physics Students.’
    • ‘Local youth and college chapters plan to go back into their communities and hold additional town hall meetings on Social Security.’
    • ‘Organizations devoted to helping people deal with this problem have about 6,000 local chapters altogether.’
    • ‘If you live in a big city, you really ought to look into organizing a chapter of your own local bloggers.’
    • ‘The headquarters staff also will handle fund-raising mass mailings, with chapters handling more targeted local mailings.’
    • ‘Start by deciding how to tell the community about your chapter's activities.’
    branch, division, subdivision, section, department, bureau, agency, lodge, wing, arm, offshoot, subsidiary, satellite
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  • 3The governing body of a religious community, especially a cathedral or a knightly order.

    • ‘Banning admission fees would mean introducing legislation to prohibit charging by independent deans and chapters of cathedrals.’
    • ‘In 1304 he was present at the general chapter of the Dominican order held at Toulouse.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    governing body, council, assembly, convocation, convention, synod, consistory
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  • 4A period of time or an episode in a person's life, a nation's history, etc.

    ‘a tragic chapter in European history’
    • ‘They might be able to consign the civil war to a tragic chapter of history.’
    • ‘‘This helps us fill in the missing chapters of Chippenham's history,’ he said.’
    • ‘It was a nightmarish experience that still haunts us, a hideous chapter in our history that refuses to be forgotten.’
    • ‘"It's another grubby chapter in a rather sinister saga, " added Ms Doyle.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The United States saw the conflict as a chapter of the Cold War.’
    • ‘A dawn flag-lowering ceremony, as the sun broke through on Tuesday morning, formally brought a chapter in Irish military history to a close.’
    • ‘This has the earmarks of the sort of backroom politicking that has marked some of the darkest chapters in American history.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Last year marked a new chapter in the history of information security.’
    • ‘The years spent in Missouri were one of the bitterest chapters in Mormon history.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is a desire to close what was a dark chapter in history.’
    • ‘What begins as a personal odyssey becomes a fascinating exploration of one of the darkest chapters in the history of modern Ireland.’
    • ‘The story of native residential schools is an ignoble chapter in Canadian history.’
    • ‘The loss of these collections will close a chapter in the book of human enquiry forever.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He decided to focus his energy more specifically within the black community during the final chapter of his life.’
    • ‘My taxi driver shouted these stories over his shoulder as if they were history, sad chapters from Peru's violent past.’
    period, time, phase, page, stage, episode, epoch, era
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    1. 4.1A series or sequence.
      ‘the latest episode in a chapter of problems’
      • ‘Yesterday brought us a chapter of disasters.’
      • ‘It is the latest in a chapter of accidents since the defending champions arrived in France over a month ago.’
      • ‘‘It’s been a chapter of adventures,’ he said.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

chapter

/ˈCHaptər/