[kas-tl-n, ka-stel-uh n]


the governor of a castle.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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

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

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