American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The mistress of a castle.
- n. The mistress of a large, fashionable household.
- n. A clasp or chain worn at the waist for holding keys, a purse, or a watch.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A female castellan; the lady of the castle or château. See chatelain.
- n. A chain, or group of chains, worn by castellans, by which the keys of a castle were suspended from the girdle; hence, a similar modern device for suspending watch-keys, seals, trinkets, etc.; and so, by extension, the trinkets themselves.
- Pertaining to or of the nature of a chatelaine: as, a chatelaine watch.
- n. The mistress of a castle or large household.
- n. A chain or clasp worn at the waist by women, with handkerchief, keys, etc., attached (supposed to resemble the chain of keys once worn by mediaeval chatelaines).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An ornamental hook, or brooch worn by a lady at her waist, and having a short chain or chains attached for a watch, keys, trinkets, etc. Also used adjectively.
- n. a chain formerly worn at the waist by women; for carrying a purse or bunch of keys etc.
- n. the mistress of a chateau or large country house
- From French châtelaine. (Wiktionary)
- French châtelaine, feminine of châtelain, chatelain, from Old French chastelain; see chatelain. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“He’d spent a good hour looking up the word chatelaine in the dictionary.”
“Carega, newly appointed chatelaine of Castle Vitre, had watched her through the Thenglass.”
“It was no wonder the chatelaine had instructed the child to withhold the flask save the three times.”
“Elizabeth, retired into domestic bliss as a mother and the chatelaine of Pemberley, has lost that crucial wit and spark -- that feistiness and sense of self -- that Austen gave her and which made us love her.”
“The lovers' sojourn in Matthew's ancestral chateau is well-done, and some of the supporting characters are marvelous, notably Matthew's mother, a vampire chatelaine.”
“The cats woke us promptly at 6. * wince* Had an exciting morning of bill-paying and other chatelaine work and more Wiscon organization, then off to Star Trek!”
“Lady Agnes Holland, the new chatelaine of Eaton Place, sweeps through her life assuming that other people – aka the lower orders – are there entirely for her convenience.”
“La Musarderie had a new chatelaine in place of its castellan.”
“There was a red Morocco leather box on the table, and when she opened it, she found a lady's chatelaine watch within, complete with neckchain.”
“It is half a melancholy ruin, where the present chatelaine, Lady Egremont, has created an enchanting garden, and half a Georgian house, full of treasures.”
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