chamberlain

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noun cham·ber·lain \ˈchām-bər-lən\

Definition of chamberlain

  1. 1 :  an attendant on a sovereign or lord in his bedchamber

  2. 2a :  a chief officer in the household of a king or noblemanb :  treasurer

  3. 3 :  an often honorary papal attendant; specifically :  a priest having a rank of honor below domestic prelate

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Origin and Etymology of chamberlain

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


Chamberlain

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biographical name Cham·ber·lain \ˈchām-bər-lən\

Definition of Chamberlain

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


Chamberlain

biographical name cham·ber·lain

Definition of Chamberlain

  1. Wilton Norman 1936–1999 American basketball player


CHAMBERLAIN Defined for Kids

chamberlain

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noun cham·ber·lain \ˈchām-bər-lən\

Definition of chamberlain for Students

  1. 1 :  a chief officer in the household of a ruler or noble

  2. 2 :  treasurer city chamberlain


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