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1 a subdivision of a written work; usually numbered and titled; "he read a chapter every night before falling asleep"
2 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 a local branch of some fraternity or association; "he joined the Atlanta chapter"
4 an ecclesiastical assembly of the monks in a monastery or even of the canons of a church
5 a series of related events forming an episode; "a chapter of disasters"

User Contributed Dictionary



chapiter, from chapitre.



  1. One of the main sections into which the text of a book is divided.
  2. An administrative division of an organization, usually local to a specific area.


section in a book
an administrative division of an organization
  • Chinese: 支部, 支部 (zhī bù)
  • German: Verband, Ortsverband
  • Portuguese: divisão
  • Russian: филиал, отделение

Extensive Definition

Chapter, as an organizational class title, may refer to:
  • Chapter (books), a main division of a piece of writing
  • An organisational division, such as a chapter of the Audubon Society or of a fraternity.
  • Chapter (religion), an assembly of members in a religious order
  • In ancient civilizations, books were often in the form of papyrus or parchment scrolls, which contained about the same amount of text as a typical chapter in a modern book. This is the reason chapters in recent reproductions and translations of works of these periods are often presented as "Book 1", "Book 2", etc.
  • Tracks on a DVD or laserdisc are also called chapters.
Chapter may also refer to:
chapter in Aragonese: Capítol
chapter in Breton: Chabistr
chapter in Catalan: Capítol
chapter in Spanish: Capitol
chapter in French: Chapitre
chapter in Japanese: チャプター
chapter in Simple English: Chapter
chapter in Slovak: Kapitula

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Council of Nicaea, Council of Trent, Lateran Council, Vatican Council, affiliate, arm, article, back matter, basis, book, branch, branch office, burden, case, classis, clause, column, concern, conciliarism, conclave, conference, congregation, consistory, convention, convocation, diocesan conference, division, ecclesiastical council, ecumenical council, essence, fascicle, focus of attention, focus of interest, folio, front matter, gathering, gist, head, heading, installment, issue, living issue, livraison, local, lodge, main point, matter, matter in hand, meat, motif, motive, number, offshoot, organ, page, paragraph, parochial church council, parochial council, part, passage, phrase, plenary council, point, point at issue, point in question, post, presbytery, problem, question, rubric, section, sentence, serial, session, sheet, signature, subject, subject matter, subject of thought, substance, synod, text, theme, topic, verse, vestry, volume, wing
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