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also châ·teau  (shă-tō′)
n. pl. cha·teaus or cha·teaux (-tōz′)
1. A castle or manor house in a French-speaking region.
2. An estate where wine is produced and often bottled, especially in the Bordeaux region of France.
3. A large country house.

[French château, from Old French chastel, from Latin castellum, castle; see castle.]


(ˈʃætəʊ; French ʃɑto) or


n, pl -teaux (-təʊ; -təʊz; French -to) or -teaus
1. (Architecture) a country house, castle, or manor house, esp in France
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in Quebec) the residence of a seigneur or (formerly) a governor
3. (Brewing) (in the name of a wine) estate or vineyard
[C18: from French, from Old French chastel, from Latin castellum fortress, castle]


or cha•teau


n., pl. -teaus (-ˈtoʊz) -teaux (-ˈtoʊz, -ˈtoʊ)
1. a castle, fortress, or stately residence in France.
2. a large country house or estate, esp. in France.
3. a winegrower's estate, esp. in the Bordeaux region of France: often used as part of the name of a wine.
[1730–40; < French; Old French chastel < Latin castellum; see castle]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chateau - an impressive country house (or castle) in Francechateau - an impressive country house (or castle) in France
country house - a house (usually large and impressive) on an estate in the country


chateau [ˈʃætəʊ] [châteaux] [ˈʃætəʊz] (pl) nchâteau m
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The prize-story experience had seemed to open a way which might, after long traveling and much uphill work, lead to this delightful chateau en Espagne.
They lived in his chateau, or rather had, until he had taken to firing the breakfast dishes at her; then she had cabled for help, and the old gentleman had gone over to find out what were his Grace's terms.
The valet had put her away from the door, the carriage had broken into a brisk trot, the postilions had quickened the pace, she was left far behind, and Monseigneur, again escorted by the Furies, was rapidly diminishing the league or two of distance that remained between him and his chateau.
I prefer to stay here, in spite of the coming storm, and wait for the horse you can send me from the chateau.
But the chateau people, heads of families possessing great estates, in short, the highest personages in the department, do not go to their houses; social intercourse between them is carried on by cards from one to the other, and a dinner or soiree accepted and returned.
The Countess' chateau was some eight leagues beyond Moulins, and then there was some distance to walk across country.
Cloud; but instead of following the main street he turned behind the chateau, reached a sort of retired lane, and found himself soon in front of the pavilion named.
As usual, a pilot put off immediately, and rounding the Chateau d'If, got on board the vessel between Cape Morgion and Rion island.
D'Artagnan passed through the iron gate and arrived in front of the chateau.
The manufactory in which our family was fabricated was formerly known as the Chateau de la Rocheaimard, and had been the property of the Vicomte de la Rocheaimard previously to the revolution that overturned the throne of Louis XVI.
He left his vehicle at the tavern in the village street, and obeyed the simple instructions which were given him for finding the chateau.
The chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte, situated about a league from Melun, had been built by Fouquet in 1655, at a time when there was a scarcity of money in France; Mazarin had taken all that there was, and Fouquet expended the remainder.