a main division of a book, treatise, or the like, usually bearing a number or title.
a branch, usually restricted to a given locality, of a society, organization, fraternity, etc.:the Connecticut chapter of the American Red Cross.
an important portion or division of anything:The atomic bomb opened a new chapter in history.
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.
any general assembly.
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.
Time[Horol.]any of the marks or numerals designating the hours on a dial.
to divide into or arrange in chapters.
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
Middle English chapiter, variant of chapitre 1175–1225
3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged era, episode, period, phase.
a division of a written work, esp a narrative, usually titled or numbered
a sequence of events having a common attribute: a chapter of disasters
an episode or period in a life, history, etc
a numbered reference to that part of a Parliamentary session which relates to a specified Act of Parliament
a branch of some societies, clubs, etc, esp of a secret society
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
chapter and verse ⇒ exact authority for an action or statement
(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