or cha·teau

[ sha-toh; French shah-toh ]
/ ʃæˈtoʊ; French ʃɑˈtoʊ /
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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.
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Origin of château

1730–40; <French ≪ Latin castellumcastellum
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British Dictionary definitions for château



/ (ˈʃætəʊ, French ʃɑto) /

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
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