châ·​teau | \ sha-ˈtō How to pronounce château (audio) \
plural châteaus\ sha-​ˈtōz How to pronounce château (audio) \ or châteaux\ sha-​ˈtō(z) How to pronounce château (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web The chateau and gardens were restored in the mid-1960s. Lauren Beale, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 Motorists promptly broke all of the rules, reportedly using the park day and night as a joyriding shortcut to places like the Cliff House, then a seven-story Victorian chateau. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Oct. 2021 In 2009, Babis, a populist billionaire, put $22 million into shell companies to buy 16 properties in southern France, including a chateau, the investigation found. Karel Janicek, ajc, 6 Oct. 2021 Following a visit to the Petit Trianon, a Neoclassical chateau where Marie Antoinette once lived that now houses works by Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne, guests were welcomed to a tea party with glasses of rosé Champagne. Eliseé Browchuk, Vogue, 6 Oct. 2021 There, Sophie encounters the chateau of her dreams but its prickly owner, Myles (Elwes), is reluctant to sell to a foreigner. Alexia Fernández,, 6 Oct. 2021 For the oenophile—or the novice— the chateau offers monthly tasting events in their cellars with the sommeliers followed by a gastronomic dinner and wine pairings. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, 4 Aug. 2021 People driving by Ashland on Interstate 5 notice the massive, three-story house modeled after a 17th-century chateau. oregonlive, 2 Oct. 2021 Last year, the Departmental Domain of Chamarande, a chateau located 45 minutes away from Paris, held a retrospective of your work entitled Etre Libre (Being Free). Y-jean Mun-delsalle, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021

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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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“Château.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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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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