Origin of chat

1400–50; late Middle English; short for chatter

Related forms

chat·ta·ble, adjective

Definition for chat (2 of 2)


(especially in Bordeaux wines) Château.
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British Dictionary definitions for chat (1 of 2)


/ (tʃæt) /


verb chats, chatting or chatted (intr)

to talk in an easy familiar way
to exchange messages in a chatroom
See also chat up

Word Origin for chat

C16: short for chatter

British Dictionary definitions for chat (2 of 2)


/ (tʃæt) /


archaic, or dialect a catkin, esp a willow catkin

Word Origin for chat

C15: from French chat cat, referring to the furry appearance
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