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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According to an interview with New York Magazine’s Vulture, the episode was then tailored to the bleak but beautiful Hungarian aesthetic that the French chateau-style building imparted in winter. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Here's Where That Over-the-Top Castle in Succession Is Really Located," 26 Aug. 2019 The Group of Seven rich democracies’ top finance officials gathered Wednesday at a chateau near Paris in search of common ground on the threats posed by digital currencies. Washington Post, "The Latest: US still mulling retaliation for French tech tax," 18 July 2019 This time, the whole crew turned out at the chateau in Sarrians, France, including fellow actors Maisie Williams and Priyanka Chopra, who also happens to be Nick Jonas’s wife. Raisa Bruner, Time, "No One Shined Brighter at Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas’s Wedding Than This Fancy Dog," 1 July 2019 The chateau that stands today was completed around 1770 and survived the French Revolution, during which its owners supported the King. Madison Roberts,, "All About the Château Where Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner Are Kicking Off Their Wedding Weekend," 27 June 2019 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

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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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