Definition of chapter noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtʃæptə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃæptər//
    Parts of a book
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  1. 1  (abbreviation ch., chap.) [countable] 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? See related entries: Parts of a book
  2. 2[countable] a period of time in a person’s life or in history a difficult chapter in our country’s history
  3. 3 [countable + singular or plural verb] all the priests of a cathedral or members of a religious community a meeting of the dean and chapter
  4. 4[countable] (especially North American English) a local branch of a society, club, etc. the local chapter of the Rotary club
  5. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French chapitre, from Latin capitulum, diminutive of caput ‘head’.Extra examples Her return to Kansas ended a particularly unhappy chapter in her life. His influence on other writers will be discussed in the next chapter. I read the first few chapters and then got bored. The author devotes two chapters to language acquisition. This chapter covers money and banking. a chapter on the city’s architecture I’ve just finished Chapter 3.Idioms 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. (British English) a series of unfortunate events The whole affair has been a chapter of accidents from start to finish.
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