chapter

[ chap-ter ]
/ ˈtʃæp tər /

noun

verb (used with object)

to divide into or arrange in chapters.

Nearby words

  1. chappie,
  2. chaps,
  3. chapstick,
  4. chaptalization,
  5. chaptalize,
  6. chapter 11,
  7. chapter 11 bankruptcy,
  8. chapter 7,
  9. chapter and verse,
  10. chapter head

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

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

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

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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Word Origin and History for chapter

chapter

n.

c.1200, "main division of a book," from Old French chapitre (12c.) "chapter (of a book), article (of a treaty), chapter (of a cathedral)," alteration of chapitle, from Late Latin capitulum, diminutive of caput (genitive capitis) "head" (see capitulum). Sense of "local branch" (1815) is from cathedral sense (late 15c.), which seems to trace to convocations of canons at cathedral churches, during which the rules of the order by chapter, or a chapter (capitulum) of Scripture, were read aloud to the assembled. Chapter and verse "in full and thoroughly" (1620s) is a reference to Scripture.

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