noun, plural chat·e·laines [shat-l-eynz; French shahtuh-len] /ˈʃæt lˌeɪnz; French ʃɑtəˈlɛn/.
- chateau cardboard,
- chateau wine,
- chatham island,
- chatham islands,
Origin of chatelaine
Examples from the Web for chatelaine
For the latter purpose it was subsequently supplanted by the chatelaine.
The abbess or prioress occupied a position of responsibility and dignity not unlike that of the chatelaine.Women of Medival France|Pierce Butler
She took from her box a dull silver girdle and chatelaine of antique, carved silver, and a comb for her hair of similar style.Patty's Success|Carolyn Wells
The chatelaine was perhaps the most characteristic of all eighteenth-century ornaments.
The widow's chatelaine was dancing madly in the afternoon sunlight.The Widow|Helen Rowland
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.