Any tangible property that is moveable or transferable. See also personal property and real property.
Other Word Forms of Chattel
Origin of 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”.
Middle English chatel movable property from Old French from Medieval Latin capitāle cattle
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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