cas·​tel·​lan | \ ˈka-stə-lən \

Definition of castellan

: a governor or warden of a castle or fort

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Conversely, the castellan (the commander of the castle and the king's loyal man) might capitulate if certain promises of safety, payment, and bounty were provided. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, "How to Storm a Castle," 10 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of castellan

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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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