[ shat-l-eyn; French shahtuh-lan ]

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

Origin of chatelain

<Middle French <Latin castellānuscastellan

Words Nearby chatelain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use chatelain in a sentence

  • Evidently the chatelain used to enter by climbing up through Villeneuve-Loubet as we had done.

    Riviera Towns | Herbert Adams Gibbons
  • Monsieur le Maire told us that the chatelain came often, and never forgot to invite him to meet the guests at the castle.

    Riviera Towns | Herbert Adams Gibbons
  • In the next scene we are treated to a small specimen of M. de chatelain's genius as an emendator of Shakespeare.

  • Her father was sent for first of all, and he came to court in handsome style, like a great lord and a chatelain.

    Four Arthurian Romances | Chretien DeTroyes
  • Her eyes were cast down, her little slipper tapped the lawn, and her fingers played nervously with her chatelain.

    The Man from Archangel | A. Conan Doyle

British Dictionary definitions for chatelain


/ (ˈʃætəˌleɪn, French ʃɑtlɛ̃) /

  1. the keeper or governor of a castle

Origin of chatelain

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

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