Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A French castle.
  • n. A French manor house.
  • n. An estate where wine is produced and often bottled, especially in the Bordeaux region of France.
  • n. A large country house.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of château.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A castle or a fortress in France.
  • n. A manor house or residence of the lord of the manor; a gentleman's country seat; also, particularly, a royal residence.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A castle; a manor-house; a large and stately residence, usually in the country: chiefly with reference to France or southern Europe.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an impressive country house (or castle) in France

Etymologies

French château, from Old French chastel, from Latin castellum, castle; see castle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • When he came to what I called my chateau, from nowhere, going nowhere, I hardly knew whether to call him young or old.

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  • Of the 250 – 300 cases made, the chateau is holding back 50 cases for a minimum ten years to see if the wine changes back to show more of the Margaux character.

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  • Looking down into the limpid quiet, where everything is so familiar, yet so alien, the eye sees, beyond those mysterious green glades, habitations of the water-country, twisted of chimney as an elfin chateau, blurred replicas of some cottage on the bank, wavering in outline and impossible in perspective.

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  • “There is something which might be called a chateau; but the wiser plan would be to use the building materials in the construction of a modern residence.”

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  • The chateau was a frame structure of twenty-eight rooms, lavishly furnished with Oriental rugs and imported Sheraton furniture.

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  • Among the visitors at the chateau was the Baron de Saint Foix, an old friend of the Count, and his son, the Chevalier St. Foix, a sensible and amiable young man, who, having in the preceding year seen the Lady Blanche, at Paris, had become her declared admirer.

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  • Now, the west wing of the chateau is the most modern part and there's nothing there that this could represent.

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  • From the time of the arrival of the Empress we were in a state of terrible apprehension, and every one in the chateau was a prey to the greatest anxiety in regard to the Emperor.

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  • Just behind the chateau was a wee village of dug-outs.

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  • The chateau is a topping big place in pretty grounds and has most of the furniture left in it.

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