What does chapter mean?

Definitions for chapter
ˈtʃæp tərchap·ter

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. chapternoun

    a subdivision of a written work; usually numbered and titled

    "he read a chapter every night before falling asleep"

  2. chapternoun

    any distinct period in history or in a person's life

    "the industrial revolution opened a new chapter in British history"; "the divorce was an ugly chapter in their relationship"

  3. chapternoun

    a local branch of some fraternity or association

    "he joined the Atlanta chapter"

  4. chapternoun

    an ecclesiastical assembly of the monks in a monastery or even of the canons of a church

  5. chapternoun

    a series of related events forming an episode

    "a chapter of disasters"


  1. chapternoun

    One of the main sections into which the text of a book is divided.

  2. chapternoun

    An administrative division of an organization, usually local to a specific area.

  3. chapternoun

    A sequence (of events), especially when presumed related and likely to continue.

    chapter of accidents

  4. chapterverb

    To divide into chapters.

  5. chapterverb

    To put into a chapter.

  6. chapterverb

    To use administrative procedure to remove someone.

  7. Etymology: chapiter, from chapitre, from capitulum, diminutive of caput; see chapiter and capital, which are doublets of chapter.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Chapternoun

    Etymology: chapitre, Fr. from capitulum, Lat.

    The first book we divide into three sections; whereof the first is these three chapters. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    If these mighty men at chapter and verse, can produce then no scripture to overthrow our church ceremonies, I will undertake to produce scripture enough to warrant them. South.

    Money does all things; for it gives and it takes away, it makes honest men and knaves, fools and philosophers; and so forward, mutatis mutandis, to the end of the chapter. Roger L'Estrange.

    The abbot takes the advice and consent of his chapter, before he enters on any matters of importance. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    Though the canonical constitution does not strictly require it to be made in the cathedral, yet it matters not where it be made, either in the choir or chapter house. John Ayliffe, Parergon.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chapternoun

    a division of a book or treatise; as, Genesis has fifty chapters

  2. Chapternoun

    an assembly of monks, or of the prebends and other clergymen connected with a cathedral, conventual, or collegiate church, or of a diocese, usually presided over by the dean

  3. Chapternoun

    a community of canons or canonesses

  4. Chapternoun

    a bishop's council

  5. Chapternoun

    a business meeting of any religious community

  6. Chapternoun

    an organized branch of some society or fraternity as of the Freemasons

  7. Chapternoun

    a meeting of certain organized societies or orders

  8. Chapternoun

    a chapter house

  9. Chapternoun

    a decretal epistle

  10. Chapternoun

    a location or compartment

  11. Chapterverb

    to divide into chapters, as a book

  12. Chapterverb

    to correct; to bring to book, i. e., to demand chapter and verse

  13. Etymology: [OF. chapitre, F. chapitre, fr. L. capitulum, dim. of caput head, the chief person or thing, the principal division of a writing, chapter. See Chief, and cf, Chapiter.]


  1. Chapter

    Chapter designates certain corporate ecclesiastical bodies in the Roman Catholic, Anglican and Nordic Lutheran churches. The word is said to be derived from the chapter of the rule book: it is a custom under the Rule of Saint Benedict that monks or nuns gather daily for a meeting to discuss monastery business, hear a sermon or lecture, or receive instructions from the abbot/abbess, and as the meeting begins with a reading of a chapter from the Rule, the meeting itself acquired the name "chapter", and the place where it is held, "chapter house" or "chapter room". The term was then extended to apply to other meetings. The term general chapter designates a monastic general assembly, usually of representatives from all of the monasteries of an order or congregation. The "Chapter of Mats" is the term for a similar meeting of representatives of various provinces and subgroups of the Franciscan family of communities. A "chapter of faults" is held regularly by many religious communities at which members are both corrected for infractions against the community's rule, or accuse themselves of their faults and ask for a penance to be prescribed.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Chapter

    chap′tėr, n. a main division of a book, or of anything: a subject or category generally: an assembly of the canons of a cathedral or collegiate church, or the members of a religious or military order: an organised branch of some society or fraternity.—v.t. to put into chapters: to take to task.—n. Chap′ter-house.—Chapter-and-verse, the exact reference to the passage of the authority for one's statements.—The chapter of accidents, the catalogue of unforeseen events.—To the end of the chapter, throughout the whole subject. [O. Fr. chapitre—L. capitulum, dim. of caput, the head. From the practice of reading to the assembled canons or monks a capitulum or chapter of their rule, or of the Scriptures, the men themselves came to be called in a body the capitulum or chapter, and their meeting-place the chapter-house.]

Editors Contribution

  1. chapter

    An element of a document.

    The treaty had a number of chapters.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 17, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'chapter' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #613

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'chapter' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2117

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'chapter' in Nouns Frequency: #227

Anagrams for chapter »

  1. repatch

  2. preacht

  3. chaptre

  4. patcher

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of chapter in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of chapter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of chapter in a Sentence

  1. Jimmie Lee Jackson:

    This closes a sad chapter of Alabama history.

  2. Jason Sudeikis:

    I'll have a better understanding of why in a year, and an even better one in two, and an even greater one in five, and it'll go from being, you know, a book of my life to becoming a chapter to a paragraph to a line to a word to a doodle.

  3. Greg Pellegrino:

    I know I'm very adamant about saying 'no, we're not going to go down that route of having another child,' but I don't think it's a closed chapter. I don't think it's the end. We don't know what the next couple of years are going to look like. The door is slightly still open on my end.

  4. Matt LeBlanc:

    As a car nut and a massive fan of Top Gear, I'm honoured and excited to be a part of this iconic show's new chapter, what a thrill!

  5. Giuliana Rancic:

    This is such a thrilling time for me and I thank the gang at E! for understanding my desire to embark on this next chapter in my life.

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