or cha·teau

[sha-toh; French shah-toh]

noun, plural châ·teaux [sha-tohz; French shah-toh] /ʃæˈtoʊz; French ʃɑˈtoʊ/, châ·teaus.

(in France) a castle or fortress.
a stately residence imitating a distinctively French castle.
a country estate, especially a fine one, in France or elsewhere on the Continent.
(often initial capital letter) a winegrower's estate, especially in the Bordeaux region of France: often used as part of the name of a wine.

Origin of château

1730–40; < FrenchLatin castellum castellum Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chateau

Contemporary Examples of chateau

Historical Examples of chateau

  • We will rebuild the Chateau d'Hautecoeur, and we will pass the rest of our lives there.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • He was liberated after a week's imprisonment, but banished to his chateau at Verteuil.


    Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld

  • It was understood, was it not, on September 15th, at the Chateau of Berneville?

  • The chateau is on fire; valuable objects may be saved from the flames by timely aid!

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens

  • It came on briskly, and came up to the front of the chateau.

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens

British Dictionary definitions for chateau



noun plural -teaux (-təʊ, -təʊz, French -to) or -teaus

a country house, castle, or manor house, esp in France
(in Quebec) the residence of a seigneur or (formerly) a governor
(in the name of a wine) estate or vineyard

Word Origin for chateau

C18: from French, from Old French chastel, from Latin castellum fortress, castle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for chateau

c.1739, from French château, from Old French chastel (12c.), from Latin castellum "castle" (see castle (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper