chamberlain definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English chaumberlein ; from Old French chamberlenc ; from Old High German chamarlinc ; from chamara, kamara (; from Classical Latin camera) plush diminutive suffix -linc: see camera plush -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
chamberlain definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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 An often honorary papal attendant.
Origin: Middle English chaumberlein, from Old French chamberlenc, from Frankish *kamerling : Late Latin camera, chamber; see chamber + Germanic *-linga-, one connected with; see -ling1.
, (Arthur) Neville 1869-1940.
, Sir (Joseph) Austen 1863-1937.
, Wilton Norman Known as “Wilt.” Born 1936.