A man with his chattel.
An example of chattel is your furniture and car.
- a movable item of personal property, as a piece of furniture, an automobile, or a head of livestockin full chattel personal
- any interest in real estate less than a freeholdin full chattel real
- a movable item of personal property, as a piece of furniture, an automobile, or a head of livestock
- a slave
Origin of chattelMiddle English chatel from OFr: see cattle
- Law An article of movable personal property.
- A slave.
Origin of chattelMiddle English chatel movable property from Old French from Medieval Latin capitāle ; see cattle .
(comparative more chattel, superlative most chattel)
From Middle English chatel, from Old French chatel, from Medieval Latin capitāle (English capital), from Latin capitālis (“of the head”), from caput (“head”) + -alis (“-al”). Compare cattle (“cows”), which is from an Anglo-Norman variant. Compare also capital and kith and kine (“all one’s possessions”), which also use “cow” to mean “property”.
chattel - Legal Definition