- Obsolete 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 + -ling
- Chamberlain, Sir (Joseph) Austen 1863-1937; Brit. statesman
- Chamberlain, Joseph 1836-1914; Brit. statesman: father of Austen & Neville
- Chamberlain, (Arthur) 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 –ling1.
- 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.