WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
chap•ter /ˈtʃæptɚ/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. a main division of a book or the like, usually having a number or title: [countable]The author finished one chapter of his book every six weeks.[+ number]Chapter 6 was all about the solar system.
  2. [countable] an important part or division of anything: He began a new chapter in his life at the new university.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
chap•ter  (chaptər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a main division of a book, treatise, or the like, usually bearing a number or title.
  2. a branch, usually restricted to a given locality, of a society, organization, fraternity, etc.:the Connecticut chapter of the American Red Cross.
  3. an important portion or division of anything:The atomic bomb opened a new chapter in history.
  4. Religion[Eccles.]
    • Religionan assembly of the monks in a monastery, of those in a province, or of the entire order.
    • Religiona general assembly of the canons of a church.
    • Religiona meeting of the elected representatives of the provinces or houses of a religious community.
    • Religionthe body of such canons or representatives collectively.
  5. any general assembly.
  6. Religion[Liturgy.]a short scriptural quotation read at various parts of the office, as after the last psalm in the service of lauds, prime, tierce, etc.
  7. Time[Horol.]any of the marks or numerals designating the hours on a dial.

  1. to divide into or arrange in chapters.
chapter•al, adj. 
  • Latin capitulum little head (capit-, stem of caput head + -ulum -ule); in Late Latin: section of a book; in Medieval Latin: section read at a meeting, hence, the meeting, esp. one of canons, hence, a body of canons
  • Old French
  • Middle English chapiter, variant of chapitre 1175–1225
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged era, episode, period, phase.

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chapter /ˈtʃæptə/ n
  1. a division of a written work, esp a narrative, usually titled or numbered
  2. a sequence of events having a common attribute: a chapter of disasters
  3. an episode or period in a life, history, etc
  4. a numbered reference to that part of a Parliamentary session which relates to a specified Act of Parliament
  5. a branch of some societies, clubs, etc, esp of a secret society
  6. the collective body or a meeting of the canons of a cathedral or collegiate church or of the members of a monastic or knightly order
  7. chapter and verseexact authority for an action or statement
  1. (transitive) to divide into chapters
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French chapitre, from Latin capitulum, literally: little head, hence, section of writing, from caput head; in Medieval Latin: chapter of scripture or of a religious rule, a gathering for the reading of this, hence, assemblage of clergy

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Collocations: her first chapter book, just started reading chapter books, a chapter of the [book, best seller, Koran, Torah, Bible, New Testament, Old Testament], more...

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