cham·​ber·​lain | \ ˈchām-bər-lən How to pronounce chamberlain (audio) \

Definition of chamberlain

1 : an attendant on a sovereign or lord in his bedchamber
2a : a chief officer in the household of a king or nobleman
b : treasurer
3 : an often honorary papal attendant specifically : a priest having a rank of honor below domestic prelate

Examples of chamberlain in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In late 1318, a man named Hugh Despenser became Edward’s new chamberlain and, shortly thereafter, became Edward’s new favorite. Anne Thériault, Longreads, 21 June 2022 Naruhito will take his seat on the throne, and chamberlains will place the imperial regalia on a table. Washington Post, 21 Oct. 2019 The video link marks an improvement from April, when Emperor Akihito announced his abdication to the sun goddess, from whom he is supposed to be descended, in a ritual observed only by his son, Shinto priests and chamberlains. The Economist, 17 Oct. 2019 The chamberlain of Prince Rainier of Monaco recommended her for the job. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, 19 Feb. 2019 Forced to reinvent himself, von Steuben spent 11 years as court chamberlain in Hohenzollern-Hechingen, a tiny German principality. Erick Trickey, Smithsonian, 26 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of chamberlain

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for chamberlain

Middle English, from Anglo-French chamberlein, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German chamarling chamberlain, from chamara chamber, from Late Latin camera

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“Chamberlain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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cham·​ber·​lain | \ ˈchām-bər-lən How to pronounce chamberlain (audio) \

Kids Definition of chamberlain

1 : a chief officer in the household of a ruler or noble
2 : treasurer city chamberlain

Chamberlain biographical name (1)

Cham·​ber·​lain | \ ˈchām-bər-lən How to pronounce Chamberlain (audio) \

Definition of Chamberlain

 (Entry 1 of 2)

Joseph 1836–1914 and his sons Sir (Joseph) Austen 1863–1937 and (Arthur) Neville 1869–1940 British statesmen


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Definition of Chamberlain (Entry 2 of 2)

Wilton Norman 1936–1999 American basketball player

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