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castellan

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

the governor of a castle.

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM castellan

cas·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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