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


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 forms

cas·tel·lan·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for castellan


/ (ˈkæstɪlən) /


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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