Chamberlain Definition

chāmbər-lən
chamberlains
noun
The bedchamber attendant of a ruler or lord.
Webster's New World
An officer in charge of the household of a ruler or lord; steward.
Webster's New World
A high official in certain royal courts.
Webster's New World
A treasurer, as of a municipality.
Webster's New World
A papal gentleman. No longer in use.
American Heritage
Synonyms:
  • arthur neville chamberlain
  • Neville Chamberlain
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proper name
1836-1914; Brit. statesman: father of Neville.
Webster's New World

1869-1940; Brit. statesman; prime minister (1937-40): signed Munich Pact.

Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Chamberlain

Noun

Singular:
chamberlain
Plural:
chamberlains

Origin of Chamberlain

  • From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman chamberlenc, Old French chamberlayn, chamberlenc (“chamberlain”), from Frankish *kamerling (“chamberlain”), equivalent to *kamer (“chamber”) + *-ling (“-ling”). Cognate with Old High German chamarling (“chamberlain”). More at chamber, -ling.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English chaumberlein from Old French chamberlenc from Frankish kamerling Late Latin camera chamber chamber Germanic -linga- one connected with –ling1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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