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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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 in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of chattel

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


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with chattel


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chattel

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noun chat·tel \ˈchat-əl\

Legal Definition of chattel

  1. :  an item of tangible or intangible personal property; especially :  chattel personal in this entry Editor's note: In some jurisdictions the term chattel is restricted to items of tangible and movable personal property. Other jurisdictions also classify intangible assets and property items as chattels. chattel personal, plural chattels personal :  an item of tangible movable personal property (as livestock or an automobile) that is not permanently connected with real estate chattel real, plural chattels real :  an interest (as a leasehold or profit a prendre) in an item of immovable property (as land or a building) that is less than a freehold estate — compare fixture Editor's note: Interests that are considered chattels real have been treated by the common law as personal property despite being interests in real property.



Origin and Etymology of chattel

Old French chatel goods, property, from Medieval Latin capitale, from neuter of capitalis chief, principal — see capital



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