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 capit&amacron;le; 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