chatelaine

[ shat-l-eyn; French shahtuh-len ]
/ ˈʃæt lˌeɪn; French ʃɑtəˈlɛn /

noun, plural chat·e·laines [shat-l-eynz; French shahtuh-len]. /ˈʃæt lˌeɪnz; French ʃɑtəˈlɛn/.

the mistress of a castle.
the mistress of an elegant or fashionable household.
a hooklike clasp or a chain for suspending keys, trinkets, scissors, a watch, etc., worn at the waist by women.
a woman's lapel ornament resembling this.

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Origin of chatelaine

From the French word châtelaine, dating back to 1835–45. See chatelain
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British Dictionary definitions for chatelaine

chatelaine
/ (ˈʃætəˌleɪn, French ʃɑtlɛn) /

noun

(esp formerly) the mistress of a castle or fashionable household
a chain or clasp worn at the waist by women in the 16th to the 19th centuries, with handkerchief, keys, etc, attached
a decorative pendant worn on the lapel
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