chapter Definition

  • 1a main division of a book, typically with a number or title
  • 2a period or stage in a process
  • 3a local branch of a society

Using chapter: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "chapter" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I just finished reading the first chapter of this book.

  • Example

    The company is entering a new chapter in its history.

  • Example

    She joined the local chapter of the Red Cross.

  • Example

    We need to close this chapter of our lives and move on.

chapter Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for chapter

Phrases with chapter

  • to understand the hidden or implied meaning in a text


    You need to read between the lines to understand the true meaning of this chapter.

  • to put an end to a particular period of time or phase in one's life


    I'm ready to close this chapter of my life and start something new.

  • in great detail, with specific references to sources of information


    He knew the story chapter and verse, having researched it thoroughly.

Origins of chapter

from Old French 'chapitre', from Latin 'capitulum', diminutive of 'caput' meaning 'head'


Summary: chapter in Brief

The term 'chapter' [ˈtʃæptər] refers to a main division of a book, a period or stage in a process, or a local branch of a society. It can be used in phrases like 'read between the lines,' to understand the hidden meaning, and 'close a chapter,' to put an end to a particular period of time. 'Chapter and verse' is an idiom that means in great detail.

How do native speakers use this expression?