- an official charged with the management of the living quarters of a sovereign or member of the nobility.
- an official who receives rents and revenues, as of a municipal corporation; treasurer.
- the high steward or factor of a member of the nobility.
- a high official of a royal court.
Origin of chamberlain
- (Arthur) Neville,1869–1940, British statesman: prime minister 1937–40.
- Joseph,1836–1914, British statesman (father of Sir Austen and Neville Chamberlain).
- Sir (Joseph) Austen,1863–1937, British statesman: Nobel Peace Prize 1925.
- Owen,1920–2006, U.S. physicist: Nobel Prize 1959.
- Wilt(on Norman)Wilt the Stilt, 1936–1999, U.S. basketball player.
Related Words for chamberlainadministrator, waiter, attendant, curator, officer, purser, agent, representative, chamberlain, foreman, proctor, guardian, bailiff, director, manager, magistrate, seneschal, reeve, major-domo, purveyor
Examples from the Web for chamberlain
Contemporary Examples of chamberlain
“DFA is not going to be working for them or trying to save them in their races,” Chamberlain said.Liberals Split on How to Handle Red State Dems
April 23, 2014
U.S. and Israeli hawks are rushing to call the interim nuclear agreement a capitulation and Obama another Chamberlain.No, Obama’s Iran Deal Was Not a Munich-Style Surrender
November 25, 2013
But what this show proves is that, even at his most automotive, Chamberlain achieved a surprising range of effects and meanings.Talking Cars
March 27, 2012
Conspirator: Lenin in Exile could have been the beginning of a great tragedy, says Chamberlain, if his cause had been a noble one.The Best of Brit Lit
March 11, 2010
Chamberlain, of course, chose Rome over the object of his heart's ache, forfeiting love and dying a broken man.The Passion of Mark Sanford
June 27, 2009
Historical Examples of chamberlain
In Mr. Chamberlain they had a popular champion of great ability and industry.
Mr. Chamberlain, who had asked for these safeguards, did not accept them.
Poor Balfour was awfully lonely after Chamberlain crocked up.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
Then he raised me to my feet, and at a touch from the Chamberlain, I backed out of the room.The Woman Thou Gavest Me
"Yes, your Holiness," said the chamberlain, coming up behind.The Eternal City
- an officer who manages the household of a king
- the steward of a nobleman or landowner
- the treasurer of a municipal corporation
Word Origin for chamberlain
- Sir (Joseph) Austen. 1863–1937, British Conservative statesman; foreign secretary (1924–29); awarded a Nobel peace prize for his negotiation of the Locarno Pact (1925)
- his father, Joseph. 1836–1914, British statesman; originally a Liberal, he resigned in 1886 over Home Rule for Ireland and became leader of the Liberal Unionists; a leading advocate of preferential trading agreements with members of the British Empire
- his son, (Arthur) Neville. 1869–1940, British Conservative statesman; prime minister (1937–40): pursued a policy of appeasement towards Germany; following the German invasion of Poland, he declared war on Germany on Sept 3, 1939
- Owen. 1920–2006, US physicist, who discovered the antiproton. Nobel prize for physics jointly with Emilio Segré 1959
Word Origin and History for chamberlain
early 13c., from Old French chamberlenc "chamberlain, steward, treasurer" (Modern French chambellan), from a Germanic source (perhaps Frankish *kamerling; cf. Old High German chamarling, German Kämmerling), from Latin camera "chamber, room" (see camera) + Germanic diminutive suffix -ling.