from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An officer who manages the household of a sovereign or noble; a chief steward.
- n. A high-ranking official in various royal courts.
- n. An official who receives the rents and fees of a municipality; a treasurer.
- n. Roman Catholic Church An often honorary papal attendant.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An officer in charge of managing the household of a sovereign, especially in the United Kingdom and in Denmark.
- n. A high officer of state, as currently with the papal camerlengo, but normally now a mainly honorary title.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An officer or servant who has charge of a chamber or chambers.
- n. An upper servant of an inn.
- n. An officer having the direction and management of the private chambers of a nobleman or monarch; hence, in Europe, one of the high officers of a court.
- n. A treasurer or receiver of public money
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A person charged with the direction and management of a chamber or chambers.
- n. An officer charged with the direction and management of the private apartments of a monarch or nobleman. The lord great chamberlain of Great Britain is the sixth officer of the crown. His functions, always important, have varied in different reigns. The duties which now devolve upon him are the robing and attending on the king at his coronation; the care of the ancient palace of Westminster; the provision of furniture for the houses of Parliament, and for Westminster Hall when used on great occasions; and attending upon peers at their creation, and upon bishops when they perform their homage. The office is now jointly held by the families of Cholmondeley and Willoughby de Eresby, and the honors are enjoyed in each alternate reign by each family successively. The office of lord chamberlain of the household, generally called simply the lord chamberlain, is quite distinct from that of the lord great chamberlain, and is changed with the administration. This officer has the control of all parts of the household (except the ladies of the queen's bedchamber) which are not under the direction of the lord steward, the groom of the stole, or the master of the horse. The king's (queen's) chaplains, physicians, surgeons, etc., as well as the royal tradesmen, are in his appointment; the companies of actors at the royal theaters are under his regulation; and he is also the licenser of plays. He has under him a vice-chamberlain.
- n. Originally, the keeper of the treasure-chamber; hence, a receiver of rents and revenues; a treasurer: as, the chamberlain of a corporation.
- n. In Great Britain, the factor or high steward of a nobleman or great landed proprietor.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. British statesman who as Prime Minister pursued a policy of appeasement toward fascist Germany (1869-1940)
- n. the treasurer of a municipal corporation
- n. an officer who manages the household of a king or nobleman
Middle English chaumberlein, from Old French chamberlenc, from Frankish *kamerling : Late Latin camera, chamber; see chamber + Germanic *-linga-, one connected with; see -ling1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman chamberlenc, Old French chamberlayn, chamberlenc ("chamberlain"), from Frankish *kamerling (“chamberlain”), equivalent to *kamer (“chamber”) + *-ling (“-ling”). Cognate with Old High German chamarling ("chamberlain"). More at chamber, -ling. (Wiktionary)