cham·​ber·​lain | \ ˈchām-bər-lən \

Definition of chamberlain

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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


biographical name (1)
Cham·​ber·​lain | \ ˈchām-bər-lən \

Definition of Chamberlain (Entry 2 of 3)

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 3 of 3)

Wilton Norman 1936–1999 American basketball player

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Forced to reinvent himself, von Steuben spent 11 years as court chamberlain in Hohenzollern-Hechingen, a tiny German principality. Erick Trickey, Smithsonian, "The Prussian Nobleman Who Helped Save the American Revolution," 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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cham·​ber·​lain | \ ˈchām-bər-lən \

Kids Definition of chamberlain

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

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