1. (Arthur) Neville,1869–1940, British statesman: prime minister 1937–40.
  2. Joseph,1836–1914, British statesman (father of Sir Austen and Neville Chamberlain).
  3. Sir (Joseph) Austen,1863–1937, British statesman: Nobel Peace Prize 1925.
  4. Owen,1920–2006, U.S. physicist: Nobel Prize 1959.
  5. Wilt(on Norman)Wilt the Stilt, 1936–1999, U.S. basketball player. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for neville chamberlain


  1. an officer who manages the household of a king
  2. the steward of a nobleman or landowner
  3. the treasurer of a municipal corporation
Derived Formschamberlainship, noun

Word Origin for chamberlain

C13: from Old French chamberlayn, of Frankish origin; related to Old High German chamarling chamberlain, Latin camera chamber


  1. Sir (Joseph) Austen. 1863–1937, British Conservative statesman; foreign secretary (1924–29); awarded a Nobel peace prize for his negotiation of the Locarno Pact (1925)
  2. his father, Joseph. 1836–1914, British statesman; originally a Liberal, he resigned in 1886 over Home Rule for Ireland and became leader of the Liberal Unionists; a leading advocate of preferential trading agreements with members of the British Empire
  3. his son, (Arthur) Neville. 1869–1940, British Conservative statesman; prime minister (1937–40): pursued a policy of appeasement towards Germany; following the German invasion of Poland, he declared war on Germany on Sept 3, 1939
  4. Owen. 1920–2006, US physicist, who discovered the antiproton. Nobel prize for physics jointly with Emilio Segré 1959
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Word Origin and History for neville chamberlain



early 13c., from Old French chamberlenc "chamberlain, steward, treasurer" (Modern French chambellan), from a Germanic source (perhaps Frankish *kamerling; cf. Old High German chamarling, German Kämmerling), from Latin camera "chamber, room" (see camera) + Germanic diminutive suffix -ling.

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