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chattel

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noun chat·tel \ˈcha-təl\

Simple Definition of chattel

  • : something (such as a slave, piece of furniture, tool, etc.) that a person owns other than land or buildings

Full Definition of chattel

  1. 1 :  an item of tangible movable or immovable property except real estate and things (as buildings) connected with real property

  2. 2 :  slave, bondman

Examples of chattel

  1. <at one time, the children of black slaves were also considered chattel>

  2. <packed up all her chattels and moved to a new state>



Origin of chattel

Middle English chatel property, from Anglo-French — more at cattle


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with chattel



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