châ·​teau | \ sha-ˈtō \
plural châteaus\ sha-​ˈtōz \ or châteaux\ sha-​ˈtō(z) \

Definition of château

1 : a feudal castle or fortress in France
2 : a large country house : mansion
3 : a French vineyard estate

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Examples of château in a Sentence

a gorgeous château on a hill

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Knowledgeable, English-speaking guides will whisk the curious to the French chateau-style Purcari, the oldest winery in Moldova, or the fascinating underground cellars of Mileștii Mici. Alia Akkam, Vogue, "Why Moldova Is a Wine Destination Worth Knowing Now," 27 Sep. 2018 The area features mostly single and two-lane roads that meander through vineyards and past grand chateaux. Matt Hranek, Condé Nast Traveler, "Great Drives: Speeding Through the French Countryside in the Audi A8," 25 Sep. 2018 Photo by Sam Frost Designed by architect Leland A. Bryant in the 1920s Los Angeles fashion designer Marcus Austin-Paglialonga’s apartment building has a distinctive chateau style that’s still associated with the city. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "5 Victorian homes to get you in the mood for fall," 1 Oct. 2018 The following morning, hangovers were nursed over brunch at the chateau. John Dolan, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Couple Didn't Believe in Love at First Sight–Until It Happened to Them," 6 Aug. 2018 Spotify and Hulu transported guests to a chateau that is typically used for weddings, serving drinks and offering a discussion with stars like the actress Samira Wiley. Sapna Maheshwari, New York Times, "Advertisers Sip Rosé and Ponder Ethics in South of France," 24 June 2018 Following the map and the notes was like participating in a giant scavenger hunt, at the end of which was a five-course dinner in a historic chateau., "A modern wonder — the electric bike — lets us relive the good old days in France," 11 July 2018 The 400-person reception was held inside the chateau-style restaurant’s greenhouse. Natalie Stone,, "Sister Wives Star Kody Brown and His Family Are Leaving Las Vegas," 10 July 2018 The chateau was owned by the Queen’s nephew Viscount Linley. Fox News, "Racy Meghan Markle pictures may be used in Kate Middleton topless pics appeals case in France," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of château

1720, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for château

French, from Old French chastel, Latin castellum fortress

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English Language Learners Definition of château

: a castle or a large house especially in France


châ·​teau | \ sha-ˈtō\
plural châteaus\ -​ˈtōz \ or châteaux\ -​ˈtō, -​ˈtōz \

Kids Definition of château

: a castle or a large house especially in France

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