castellan

noun

cas·​tel·​lan ˈka-stə-lən How to pronounce castellan (audio)
: a governor or warden of a castle or fort

Examples of castellan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, 11 Apr. 2019

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of castellan was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Castellan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/castellan. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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