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Origin of chat

First recorded in 1400–50; (verb) late Middle English chatt(e); short for chatter

OTHER WORDS FROM chat

chat·ta·ble, adjective

Other definitions for chat (2 of 2)

Chât.

abbreviation
(especially in Bordeaux wines) Château.
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How to use chat in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for chat (1 of 2)

chat1
/ (tʃæt) /

noun
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)

chat2
/ (tʃæt) /

noun
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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