Chamberlain meaning

chāmbər-lən
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An officer in charge of the household of a ruler or lord; steward.
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A high official in certain royal courts.
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(brit.) A treasurer, as of a municipality.
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1869-1940; Brit. statesman; prime minister (1937-40): signed Munich Pact.
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An officer in charge of managing the household of a sovereign, especially in the United Kingdom and in Denmark.
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A high officer of state, as currently with the papal camerlengo, but normally now a mainly honorary title.
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An official who receives the rents and fees of a municipality; a treasurer.
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(obs.) The bedchamber attendant of a ruler or lord.
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(r.c.ch.) Any of several high officials, as an honorary attendant on the pope.
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(person) 1836-1914; Brit. statesman: father of Neville.
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Origin of chamberlain

  • 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

  • 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