chapter

[ chap-ter ]
/ ˈtʃæp tər /

noun

verb (used with object)

to divide into or arrange in chapters.

Origin of chapter

1175–1225; Middle English chapiter, variant of chapitre < Old French < Latin capitulum little head (capit-, stem of caput head + -ulum -ule); in Late Latin: section of a book; in Medieval Latin: section read at a meeting, hence, the meeting, especially one of canons, hence, a body of canons

Related forms

chap·ter·al, adjectiveun·chap·ter, verb (used with object)un·chap·tered, adjective

Definition for chapter (2 of 2)

Chapter 11

or Chapter Eleven, Chapter XI


noun U.S. Law.

a section of the Bankruptcy Code that provides for the reorganization of an insolvent corporation under court supervision and can establish a schedule for the payment of debts and, in some cases, a new corporation that can continue to do business.
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British Dictionary definitions for chapter (1 of 2)

chapter

/ (ˈtʃæptə) /

noun

verb

(tr) to divide into chapters

Word Origin for chapter

C13: from Old French chapitre, from Latin capitulum, literally: little head, hence, section of writing, from caput head; in Medieval Latin: chapter of scripture or of a religious rule, a gathering for the reading of this, hence, assemblage of clergy

British Dictionary definitions for chapter (2 of 2)

chapter 11


noun

US the statute regarding the reorganization of a failing business empowering a court to allow the debtors to remain in control of the business to attempt to save itthey are in chapter 11

Word Origin for chapter 11

C20: from chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Reform Act (1978)
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