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)
: a feudal castle or fortress in France
: a large country house : mansion
: a French vineyard estate

Example Sentences

a gorgeous château on a hill
Recent Examples on the Web Although the story has gotten infinitely messier since Jolie filed for divorce and sold her interests in the chateau, Brangelina did indeed own a vineyard in Correns, France—the very one where the pair hosted their wedding in 2014. Meg Donohue, ELLE, 2 Dec. 2022 All experiences include five-star accommodations, ranging from private buy-outs at a lavish hotel to a private chateau. Dana Givens, Robb Report, 16 Aug. 2022 The chateau-style property was designed by architect Richard Landry, who also built Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen's former Brentwood mega mansion, now owned by Dr. Dre. Marisa Sullivan, Peoplemag, 1 Dec. 2022 Later that week, his now-fiancée Camille will host an engagement party for them at her family’s chateau, and the whole crew is invited. Erica Gonzales, ELLE, 21 Dec. 2022 While visiting Camille's family chateau, Emily opted for a monochromatic look in a lemon-yellow Self-Portrait mini dress and a matching jacket. Staff Author, Peoplemag, 20 Dec. 2022 The show specifically takes place in the stunning, Baroque-style Hall of Mirrors, which is considered the most famous room in the entire chateau. Leah Campano, Seventeen, 16 Dec. 2022 Formula One heiress, Petra Ecclestone, also called the chateau home. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 7 Dec. 2022 By 2005, with mid-20th-century design ascendant and the market for European antique furniture moribund, Guedroitz had downsized the gallery and turned his attention to the chateau. Gisela Williams Joaquín Laguinge, New York Times, 1 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


French, from Old French chastel, Latin castellum fortress

First Known Use

1720, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of château was in 1720

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Cite this Entry

“Château.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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châ·​teau sha-ˈtō How to pronounce château (audio)
plural châteaus -ˈtōz How to pronounce château (audio) or châteaux -ˈtō(z) How to pronounce château (audio)
: a castle or a large country house especially in France
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