castellan

noun cas·tel·lan \ ˈkas-tə-lən \

Definition of castellan

: a governor or warden of a castle or fort

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Origin and Etymology of castellan

Middle English castelleyn, from Anglo-French castelain, chastelein, from Latin castellanus occupant of a fortress, from castellanus of a fortress, from castellum fortress — more at castle

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