chatelaine

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

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.

Nearby words

  1. chateau,
  2. chateau cardboard,
  3. chateau wine,
  4. chateaubriand,
  5. chatelain,
  6. chatham,
  7. chatham island,
  8. chatham islands,
  9. chatline,
  10. chaton

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

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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Word Origin and History for chatelaine

chatelaine

n.

1845, from French châtelaine "a female castellan; wife of a castellan; mistress of a castle or country house;" fem. of châtelain, from Old French chastelain "owner and lord of a castle, castellan, nobleman," from chastel (see chateau). In fashion, as a type of ornamental belt, from 1851; supposed to resemble a chain of keys.

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