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  • n. One who attends in a chamber; a chambermaid.
  • n. A civilian; a carpetmonger.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who attends in a chamber; a chambermaid.
  • n. A civilian; a carpetmonger.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who frequents ladies' chambers; especially, one who intrigues; a gallant.
  • n. A mistress; a concubine.
  • n. One who attends in a chamber; a groom of a chamber; a chamberlain.
  • n. A chambermaid; a lady's-maid.


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  • And how well that the cause of eating and drinking be cause of health, she adjoineth with her a perilous chamberer, that is joyousty, which enforceth her oft to perish, so that by the cause it is oft cause of that I would do for health.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 5

  • As a chamberer, she waited on Her Grace in the royal bedchamber but did not attend Queen Kathryn in public.

    Secrets of the Tudor Court

  • A kinswoman of and chamberer to Queen Kathryn Parr, she was with the queen dowager when she died.

    Secrets of the Tudor Court

  • And Abraham had another son Ishmael that he gat upon Hagar his chamberer.

    The Travels of Sir John Mandeville

  • Mr. Piper struggled furiously -- Paris was crawling out of the window -- Paris, the sleek, sly chamberer, the gay hateful cuckoo of his private nest was getting away!

    Young People's Pride

  • Another of the signatories to that petition was Richard Stevenage, who was at that time chamberer of the abbey, and was created abbot on the deprivation of Robert Catton in 1538.

    A Short History of English Printing, 1476-1898

  • And then she said to her chamberer: It behoveth us no longer to abide here; and she said: Lady, whither will ye go?

    The Golden Legend, vol. 5

  • When her chamberer saw that her mistress was dead, she began to weep because she had nothing necessary to bury her with.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 5

  • But notwithstanding, let her chamberer be brought forth here, she is the witness of our felony, so that the leasings of her may be reproved.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 5

  • And when Savina with her chamberer arrived a mile nigh unto Trecane, she said to her chamberer that she would there rest a little.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 5


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  • (noun) - (1) Frequenter of ladies' chambers; a gallant. --C.T. Onions' Shakespeare Glossary, 1911 (2) One who indulges in wantonness. --Rev. John Boag's Imperial Lexicon of the English Language, c. 1850 (3) Chamberers, men of intrigue. Othello. --Rev. Alexander Dyce's Glossary to the Works of William Shakespeare, 1902 (4) A woman who attends to a bedchamber; a chambermaid; a concubine. --Sir James Murray's New English Dictionary, 1893 (5) An effeminate man; a carpet-knight. --John Phin's Shakespeare Cyclopaedia and New Glossary, 1902

    April 22, 2018