- The definition of chattel refers to all personal property (things you own other than real estate).
An example of chattal is your furniture and car.
A man with his chattel.
- 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)
- Commonly used to describe the treatment of Russian serfs as property.
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