castellan

[ kas-tl-n, ka-stel-uh n ]
/ ˈkæs tl n, kæˈstɛl ən /
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noun

the governor of a castle.

Nearby words

  1. caste,
  2. caste mark,
  3. caste system,
  4. castel gandolfo,
  5. castellammare di stabia,
  6. castellanos,
  7. castellanus,
  8. castellany,
  9. castellated,
  10. castellated beam

Origin of castellan

1350–1400; < Medieval Latin castellānus (noun) governor, occupant of a castle, (adj.) of a castle (Latin: of a fortress), equivalent to castell(um) castellum, castle + -ānus -an; replacing Middle English castelain < Old North French < Latin, as above

Related formscas·tel·lan·ship, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for castellan

castellan

/ (ˈkæstɪlən) /

noun

rare a keeper or governor of a castleAlso called: chatelain

Word Origin for castellan

C14: from Latin castellānus, from castellum castle

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Word Origin and History for castellan

castellan

n.

late 14c., from Old North French castelain (Modern French châtelaine; see chatelaine).

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