- Obs. the bedchamber attendant of a ruler or lord
- an officer in charge of the household of a ruler or lord; steward
- a high official in certain royal courts
- Brit. a treasurer, as of a municipality
- R.C.Ch. any of several high officials, as an honorary attendant on the pope
Origin of chamberlainMiddle English chaumberlein from Old French chamberlenc from Old High German chamarlinc from chamara, kamara ( from Classical Latin camera) + diminutive suffix -linc: see camera and -ling
- 1836-1914; Brit. statesman: father of Neville
- 1869-1940; Brit. statesman; prime minister (1937-40): signed Munich Pact
- a. An officer who manages the household of a sovereign or noble; a chief steward.b. A high-ranking official in various royal courts.
- An official who receives the rents and fees of a municipality; a treasurer.
- Roman Catholic Church a. A papal gentleman. No longer in use.b. A camerlengo.
Origin of chamberlainMiddle English chaumberlein from Old French chamberlenc from Frankish kamerling Late Latin camera chamber ; see chamber . Germanic -linga- one connected with ; see -ling 1.
- An officer in charge of managing the household of a sovereign, especially in the United Kingdom and in Denmark.
- A high officer of state, as currently with the papal camerlengo, but normally now a mainly honorary title.