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

Examples of chatelain in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Among them is Giorgio Taroni, 77, a collector and the chatelain of a rambling 9,000-square-foot lakeside villa built in the early 1900s by his grandfather Ettore Taroni, a silk industrialist, in the region’s main city of Como. Nancy Hass Henry Bourne, New York Times, 21 Mar. 2023 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, 24 June 2018

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chatelain was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Chatelain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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