from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Law An article of movable personal property.
- n. A slave.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Commonly used to describe the treatment of Russian serfs as property.
- n. Tangible, movable property.
- n. A slave.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any item of movable or immovable property except the freehold, or the things which are parcel of it. It is a more extensive term than goods or effects.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Property; wealth; goods; stock. See cattle
- n. An article of personal property; a movable: usually in the plural, goods; movable assets.
- n. Synonyms Effects, Goods, etc. See property.
- To regard as a chattel; reduce to the condition of a chattel.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. personal as opposed to real property; any tangible movable property (furniture or domestic animals or a car etc)
To mark the occasion, Manischewitz presents -- without any hint of irony -- the story of the Passover Seder that a Southern Jew celebrated while fighting to defend his state's power to maintain chattel slavery.
But when only one partner wears a ring which the world traditionally reads as "taken" or "owned", then sorry, but yes, the word chattel does spring to mind.
Tell me if the principle which permits one man to regard another as a chattel is not destructive in
But the word chattel does not in the least interfere with their humanity.
Nellie Norton: Or, Southern Slavery and the Bible. A Scriptural Refutation of the Principal Arguments upon which the Abolitionists Rely. A Vindication of Southern Slavery from the Old and New Testaments.
And, in phrase professional, call'd thee 'chattel' --
I was generally introduced as a "chattel" -- a "thing" -- a piece of southern property -- the chairman assuring the audience that it could speak Fugitive slaves were rare then, and as a fugitive slave lecturer, I had the advantage of being a "bran new fact" -- the first one out.
Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, Written by Himself. His Early Life as a Slave, His Escape from Bondage, and His Complete History to the Present Time, Including His Connection with the Anti-slavery Movement; His Labors in Great Britain as Well as in His Own Country; His Experience in the Conduct of an Influential Newspaper; His Connection with the Underground Railroad; His Relations with John Brown and the Harper's Ferry Raid; His Recruiting the 54th and 55th Mass. Colored Regiments; His Interviews with Presidents Lincoln and Johnson; His Appointment by Gen. Grant to Accompany the Santo Domingo Commission--Also to a Seat in the Council of the District of Columbia; His Appointment as United States Marshal by President R. B. Hayes; Also His Appointment to Be Recorder of Deeds in Washington by President J. A. Garfield; with Many Other Interesting and Important Events of His Most Eventful Life; With an Introduction by Mr. George L. Ruffin, of Boston
I was generally introduced as a "chattel" -- a "thing" -- a piece of southern "property" -- the chairman assuring the audience that it could speak.
Emer is treated like chattel, which is what most women were during that time.
In the Laws of 1665, the first legal code in the new colony of New York, slaves were classified as chattel, and were bound to serve involuntarily and indefinitely, and their marriages were no longer recognized as legal.
The colonial system of slavery was a labor system known as chattel slavery, in which the slave was the personal property of his or her owner for life.