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[shat-l-eyn; French shahtuh-lan]
noun, plural chat·e·lains [shat-l-eynz; French shahtuh-lan] /ˈʃæt lˌeɪnz; French ʃɑtəˈlɛ̃/.
  1. a castellan.
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Origin of chatelain

< Middle French < Latin castellānus castellan
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Examples from the Web for chatelain

Historical Examples

  • When Monsieur le Maire spoke of the chatelain, I had my opening.

    Riviera Towns

    Herbert Adams Gibbons

  • In vain had they endeavoured to shake the constancy of Chatelain.

  • Might not the preaching of Chatelain and Leclerc be that of Elias?

  • The letters that Chatelain had handed us lay upon the little table, not yet opened.


    Pierre Benoit

  • "That is all, Lieutenant," finished Chatelain, after a silence.


    Pierre Benoit

British Dictionary definitions for chatelain


  1. the keeper or governor of a castle
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Word Origin

C16: from French, from Latin castellānus occupant of a castle
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