chattel

6 ENTRIES FOUND:

chat·tel

noun \ˈcha-təl\

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

Full Definition of CHATTEL

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

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi

Rhymes with CHATTEL

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: chattel corporeal
Previous Word in the Dictionary: Chattanoogan
All Words Near: chattel

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up chattel? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).