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[shah-toh-bree-ahn; English sha-toh-bree-ahn]
  1. Fran·çois Re·né [frahn-swa ruh-ney] /frɑ̃ˈswa rəˈneɪ/, Vicomte de,1768–1848, French author and statesman.
  2. (lowercase) a thick slice of tenderloin, broiled and served with potatoes and a sauce, often a béarnaise sauce.
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Origin of Châteaubriand

1875–80, def. 2
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Examples from the Web for chateaubriand

Historical Examples of chateaubriand

  • In various parts of Chateaubriand's "Memoires" may be found eulogiums on the cat.

    Concerning Cats

    Helen M. Winslow

  • Chateaubriand, in fact, was a political writer as well as a poet.

  • "I heard 'Chateaubriand,' anyway," retorted Judith triumphantly.

    Miss Pat at School

    Pemberton Ginther

  • When we were seated, I said enthusiastically, "Chateaubriand tonight, gangsters."

  • The bit at Chateaubriand is one of the happiest we can remember.

British Dictionary definitions for chateaubriand


  1. François René (frɑ̃swa rəne), Vicomte de Chateaubriand. 1768–1848, French writer and statesman: a precursor of the romantic movement in France; his works include Le Génie du Christianisme (1802) and Mémoires d'outre-tombe (1849–50)
  2. a thick steak cut from the fillet of beef
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Word Origin and History for chateaubriand


"grilled beef steak, garnished with herbs," 1877, named, for some reason, for French writer François René, Vicomte de Chateaubriand (1768-1848).

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