chatelaine


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chat·e·laine

 (shăt′l-ān′)
n.
1.
a. The mistress of a castle.
b. The mistress of a large, fashionable household.
2. A clasp or chain worn at the waist for holding keys, a purse, a watch, or other small household items.

[French châtelaine, feminine of châtelain, chatelain, from Old French chastelain; see chatelain.]

chatelaine

(ˈʃætəˌleɪn; French ʃɑtlɛn)
n
1. (esp formerly) the mistress of a castle or fashionable household
2. (Clothing & Fashion) a chain or clasp worn at the waist by women in the 16th to the 19th centuries, with handkerchief, keys, etc, attached
3. (Jewellery) a decorative pendant worn on the lapel

chat•e•laine

(ˈʃæt lˌeɪn)

n.
1. the mistress of a castle or of a large and elegant household.
2. a hooklike clasp with chains for suspending small objects, as keys worn at the waist by women esp. in the 18th and 19th centuries.
[1835–45; < French châtelaine. See chatelain]

chatelaine

- The lady or mistress of a household.
See also related terms for lady.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chatelaine - the mistress of a chateau or large country housechatelaine - the mistress of a chateau or large country house
mistress - a woman master who directs the work of others
2.chatelaine - a chain formerly worn at the waist by women; for carrying a purse or bunch of keys etc.
chain - a series of (usually metal) rings or links fitted into one another to make a flexible ligament
Translations

chatelaine

[ˈʃætəleɪn] nchâtelaine f

chatelaine

n
(of castle, = housekeeper) → Schlossverwalterin f; (= owner)Schlossherrin f
(old) Gürtel, an dem ein Schlüsselbund getragen wird
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Daisy found it impossible to keep her eyes off her `pitty aunty', but attached herself like a lap dog to the wonderful chatelaine full of delightful charms.
Even if he should not be so, he will not come amiss, since, in the first place, he has his pension, and, in the second place, he will be content to live in a back room; whereas I shall be Madame General, and get into a good circle of society" (she was always thinking of this) "and become a Russian chatelaine.
Lady Arabella was cold-blooded, and she was prepared to go through all that might be necessary of indifference, and even insult, to become chatelaine of Castra Regis.
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My sweet bird," said Sir Nigel, "I am right loth to part from you, but we are now at the fringe of the forest, and it is not right that I should take the chatelaine too far from her trust.
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Once liberated from her chatelaine duties, Rose entered a nearly lifelong "Boston marriage" with a rich widow who addressed her as "my Clevy, my Viking, my Everything.
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THE self-sacrificing White Dee, chatelaine of THAT street, and too-depressed-towork, helped beat her devils with wet shirt contests, pub crawls and frolics with Megaluf's upper echelon this week.
DELIGHTED to see that the glamorous former model Olga Roh, couturier and Russian-born chatelaine of Inchdrewer Castle has taken my advice and been in touch with Scotland's premier heritage expert Marc Ellington.
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