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

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The historic 18th century chateau is the epitome of Provencal grandeur, with its gilded interiors, sculpture gardens, and bubbling fountains. Vogue, "From Amal Clooney’s Palazzo to Chrissy Teigen’s Villa—13 Stunning Celebrity Wedding Venues That You Can Rent," 5 July 2019 The 56,500-square-foot chateau was originally built for the late producer Aaron Spelling and his widow Candy. Julia Wick,, "Essential California: The ice cream truck vs. the influencers," 3 July 2019 The wedding, which took place at a chateau in Sarrians, is the second wedding ceremony for the happy couple. Bonnie Stiernberg, Billboard, "Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner Throw Secret Second Wedding in France: Report," 29 June 2019 One learning curve is immediately evident: the red-brown clay tiles on the right of the chateau roof are blackened in places. Kim Willsher,, "A medieval castle in France could be Notre Dame's salvation," 6 June 2019 The chateau also confirmed a report in Les Echos last week that another party was held at the palace in 2014. Ania Nussbaum,, "Versailles Denies Prior Knowledge Ghosn's Wedding Was Private," 12 Feb. 2019 The style first came to America after World War I, after soldiers who had glimpsed and admired the grand chateaux and quaint farmhouses in rural France returned and built homes in a similar style. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "French Provincial Design Has Always Set the Bar For Casual Elegance," 11 Jan. 2019 Wealthy Gulf investors planned to move into the chateau-like mansions that look like they were plucked straight out of your favorite Disney movie—until the project ran out of money. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "These Abandoned Homes Look Exactly Like What a Disney Princess Would Live In," 13 Feb. 2019 To buy this chateau gives me a lot of energy to do other projects. Steven Kurutz, New York Times, "A Tour of Designer Pierre Yovanovitch’s French Chateau," 4 Apr. 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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