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[sha-toh; French shah-toh] /ʃæˈtoʊ; French ʃɑˈtoʊ/
noun, plural châteaux
[sha-tohz; French shah-toh] /ʃæˈtoʊz; French ʃɑˈtoʊ/ (Show IPA),
(in France) a castle or fortress.
a stately residence imitating a distinctively French castle.
a country estate, especially a fine one, in France or elsewhere on the Continent.
(often initial capital letter) a winegrower's estate, especially in the Bordeaux region of France: often used as part of the name of a wine.
Origin of château
1730-40; < FrenchLatin castellum castellum Unabridged
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  • We will rebuild the chateau d'Hautecoeur, and we will pass the rest of our lives there.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • He was liberated after a week's imprisonment, but banished to his chateau at Verteuil.

    Reflections Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld
  • It was understood, was it not, on September 15th, at the chateau of Berneville?

  • The chateau is on fire; valuable objects may be saved from the flames by timely aid!

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • It came on briskly, and came up to the front of the chateau.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for chateau


/ˈʃætəʊ; French ʃɑto/
noun (pl) -teaux (-təʊ; -təʊz; French) (-to), -teaus
a country house, castle, or manor house, esp in France
(in Quebec) the residence of a seigneur or (formerly) a governor
(in the name of a wine) estate or vineyard
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Old French chastel, from Latin castellum fortress, castle
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Word Origin and History for chateau

c.1739, from French château, from Old French chastel (12c.), from Latin castellum "castle" (see castle (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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