chat·​e·​lain | \ ˈsha-tə-ˌlān How to pronounce chatelain (audio) \

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The former practiced medicine in the suburbs of Massachusetts; the latter, after working in marketing for Renault’s racing division, claimed his birthright as a chatelain and spent decades restoring Baronville. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "A Facebook Invite to a French Château," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of chatelain

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chatelain

Middle English chateleyn, from Middle French chatelaine, from Old French chastelein, castelain

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