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Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old French
Origin: chapitre, from Late Latin capitulum, from Latin caput 'head'

chapter

noun
     
chap‧ter S3 W1 [countable]
1TCN one of the parts into which a book is divided:
Read Chapter 11 as your homework.
This chapter discusses power, and how people use it.
2 a particular period or event in someone's life or in history
chapter of
a new chapter of peace and cooperation
chapter in
the noblest chapter in our history
3RRC all the priests belonging to a cathedral, or a meeting of these priests
4 the local members of a large organization such as a club:
the local chapter of the American Legion
5

give/quote somebody chapter and verse

to give someone exact details about where to find some information
6

a chapter of accidents

British English a series of unlucky events coming one after another

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