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[kas-tl-n, ka-stel-uh n]
  1. 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
Related formscas·tel·lan·ship, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Castellan had swum round, and they took her under the arms to give her a rest.

    The World Peril of 1910

    George Griffith

  • "There is no doubt about that, gentlemen," said Castellan, going back to the machine.

  • Sink her to three feet, Castellan, and then ahead full speed.

  • Pump her out, Castellan, and give her full speed as soon as you can.

  • Castellan ran out after him, and they went downstairs together.

British Dictionary definitions for castellan


  1. rare a keeper or governor of a castleAlso called: chatelain
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Word Origin

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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