- the mistress of a castle.
- the mistress of an elegant or fashionable household.
- a hooklike clasp or a chain for suspending keys, trinkets, scissors, a watch, etc., worn at the waist by women.
- a woman's lapel ornament resembling this.
Origin of chatelaine
Examples from the Web for chatelaine
And there he left him to await the coming of the chatelaine.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
Rhodes never could think of her as the chatelaine of those wide ranges.The Treasure Trail
Marah Ellis Ryan
He was still in a fog, but he saw a ray of hope; this was the Chatelaine, it seemed.The Wild Geese
Stanley John Weyman
There was no stationery in the desk, but Mary had a pocket diary in her chatelaine bag.A Woman for Mayor
Helen M. Winslow
His own face was in shadow and the chatelaine could not distinguish its features.The Lady of Loyalty House
Justin Huntly McCarthy
- (esp formerly) the mistress of a castle or fashionable household
- a chain or clasp worn at the waist by women in the 16th to the 19th centuries, with handkerchief, keys, etc, attached
- a decorative pendant worn on the lapel
Word Origin and History for chatelaine
1845, from French châtelaine "a female castellan; wife of a castellan; mistress of a castle or country house;" fem. of châtelain, from Old French chastelain "owner and lord of a castle, castellan, nobleman," from chastel (see chateau). In fashion, as a type of ornamental belt, from 1851; supposed to resemble a chain of keys.