noun Etymology: Middle English chapitre, from Anglo-French chapitre, chapitle, from Late Latin capitulum division of a book & Medieval Latin, meeting place of canons, from Latin, diminutive of capit-, caput head — more at head Date: 13th century 1. a. a main division of a book b. something resembling a chapter in being a significant specified unit <
a new chapter in my life
2. a. a regular meeting of the canons of a cathedral or collegiate church or of the members of a religious house b. the body of canons of a cathedral or collegiate church 3. a local branch of an organization

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