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chamberlain

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noun cham·ber·lain \ˈchām-bər-lən\

Definition of chamberlain

  1. 1 :  an attendant on a sovereign or lord in his bedchamber

  2. 2 a :  a chief officer in the household of a king or nobleman b :  treasurer

  3. 3 :  an often honorary papal attendant; specifically :  a priest having a rank of honor below domestic prelate



Origin and Etymology of chamberlain

Middle English, from Anglo-French chamberlein, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German chamarling chamberlain, from chamara chamber, from Late Latin camera


First Known Use: 13th century


Chamberlain

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biographical name Cham·ber·lain \ˈchām-bər-lən\

Definition of Chamberlain

  1. Joseph 1836–1914 & his sons Sir (Joseph) Austen 1863–1937 & (Arthur) Neville 1869–1940 British statesmen




Chamberlain

biographical name cham·ber·lain

Definition of Chamberlain

  1. Wilton Norman 1936–1999 Am. basketball player




CHAMBERLAIN Defined for Kids

chamberlain

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noun cham·ber·lain \ˈchām-bər-lən\

Definition of chamberlain for Students

  1. 1 :  a chief officer in the household of a ruler or noble

  2. 2 :  treasurer <city chamberlain>




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