[sha-toh; French shah-toh]
- (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; < French ≪ Latin castellum castellum
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Examples from the Web for chateaux
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Chateaux have been going up in smoke during the last fortnight.Scaramouche
France is summed up to him in Paris and in the chateaux of outlying districts.Italy, the Magic Land
If we could defeat them, we should save your chateaux and farms from fire and ruin.Saint Bartholomew's Eve
G. A. Henty
I have seen no chateaux or anything of that sort about here.Letters of Lt.-Col. George Brenton Laurie
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Many and many a time she had read descriptions of French chateaux—ah, that was it!Lucile Triumphant
Elizabeth M. Duffield
- 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
C18: from French, from Old French chastel, from Latin castellum fortress, castle
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Word Origin and History for chateaux
c.1739, from French château, from Old French chastel (12c.), from Latin castellum "castle" (see castle (n.)).
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