AskDefine | Define chatelaine

Dictionary Definition



1 the mistress of a chateau or large country house
2 a chain formerly worn at the waist by women; for carrying a purse or bunch of keys etc.

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  • /ˈʃætəˌleɪn/


  1. The mistress of a castle or large household.
  2. A chain or clasp worn at the waist by women in the 16th to the 19th centuries, with handkerchief, keys, etc., attached.

Extensive Definition

Châtelaine (French châtelaine, wife of the lord of a castle) has the following meanings:
See also
chatelaine in Slovenian: Chatelaine

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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