[ 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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How to use château in a sentence
Nevers is a revelation for us both, a wonderful town nestled on the Loire and bursting with cathedrals, chateaux and history.Discovering The Charms Of La France Profonde|Emma Woolf|June 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They make up a two-book set with recipes from all 85 Relais Chateaux chefs in North America.Fresh Picks|Daniel Boulud|November 17, 2010|DAILY BEAST
Their Chateau en Espagne seemed invisible, as such chateaux usually are; and where it might be found, who was there to tell?
I passed more chateaux in ruins, and others shut up and forsaken.
For he has often drawn up leases of chateaux with parks and out-houses, for three thousand a year.The Petty Troubles of Married Life, Complete|Honore de Balzac
Visits to castles in the air,—Chateaux en Espagne, etc.,—with remarks on that sort of architecture.
Sometimes a man thinks in mining parlance that he has 'struck it rich,' and straightway begins building his Chateaux en Espagne.Tom Gerrard|Louis Becke
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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