American English

Definition of chapter noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(abbreviation ch., chap.) a separate section of a book, usually with a number or title I've just finished Chapter 3. in the previous/next/last chapter Have you read the chapter on the legal system?
  2. 2a period of time in a person's life or in history a difficult chapter in our country's history
  3. 3a local branch of a society, club, etc. the local chapter of the Rotary club
  4. 4all the priests of a cathedral or members of a religious community a meeting of the dean and chapter
  5. Idioms
    chapter and verse
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    the exact details of something, especially the exact place where particular information may be found I can't give chapter and verse, but that's the rough outline of our legal position.
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