English - Etymology
Middle English chapiter, from Old French chapitre, from Latin capitulum (“a chapter of a book, in Medieval Latin also a synod or council”), diminutive of caput (“a head”); see chapiter and capital, which are doublets of chapter.
English - Noun
- One of the main sections into which the text of a book is divided.
A section of a social or religious body.
- An administrative division of an organization, usually local to a specific area.
- 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.
- A community of canons or canonesses.
- A bishop's council.
- An organized branch of some society or fraternity, such as the Freemasons.
- A meeting of certain organized societies or orders.
- A chapter house.
A sequence (of events), especially when presumed related and likely to continue.
1866, Wilkie Collins, Armadale, Book
the Last, Chapter I,
- "You know that Mr. Armadale is alive," pursued the doctor, "and you know that he is coming back to England. Why do you continue to wear your widow's dress?" ¶ She answered him without an instant's hesitation, steadily going on with her work. ¶ "Because I am of a sanguine disposition, like you. I mean to trust to the chapter of accidents to the very last. Mr. Armadale may die yet, on his way home."
- 1911, Bram Stoker, The Lair of the White Worm, Ch.26,
- 1866, Wilkie Collins, Armadale, Book the Last, Chapter I,
- A decretal epistle.
- (obsolete) A location or compartment.
English - Verb
- To divide into chapters.
- To put into a chapter.
(military, with "out") To use administrative procedure to remove someone.
- 2001, John Palmer Hawkins, Army of Hope, Army of Alienation: Culture and Contradiction in the American Army Communities of Cold War Germany, page 117,
- 2006, Thomas R. Schombert, Diaries of a Soldier: Nightmares from Within, page 100,