chamberlain

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

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

Chamberlain

biographical name (1)
Cham·​ber·​lain | \ ˈchām-bər-lən How to pronounce Chamberlain (audio) \

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

Chamberlain

biographical name (2)

Definition of Chamberlain (Entry 3 of 3)

Wilton Norman 1936–1999 American basketball player

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The chamberlain of Prince Rainier of Monaco recommended her for the job. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meet Virginie Viard, Karl Lagerfeld's Successor at Chanel," 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, "The Prussian Nobleman Who Helped Save the American Revolution," 26 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of chamberlain

Noun

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

History and Etymology for chamberlain

Noun

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

noun
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

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