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    a defining chapter

    What does "a defining chapter" mean in "This latest victory is a defining chapter in the legend of Serena Williams"?



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    Re: a defining chapter

    Imagine you were writing a book about a person or a place or an event.
    As you told about one thing that happened, that's a chapter.
    If the one thing was very important, an event that would affect how people talked about that person, place, thing, event, it was a defining event.

    As we read "the legend of Serena" (this is a metaphor, not a real book), that win was described in a defining chapter.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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