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1. Law An article of movable personal property.
2. A slave.
[Middle English chatel, movable property, from Old French, from Medieval Latin capitāle; see cattle.]
1. (Law) (often plural) property law
a. chattel personal an item of movable personal property, such as furniture, domestic animals, etc
b. chattel real an interest in land less than a freehold, such as a lease
2. (Law) goods and chattels personal property
[C13: from Old French chatel personal property, from Medieval Latin capitāle wealth; see capital1]
a. a movable article of personal property.
b. any tangible property other than land and buildings.
2. a slave.
[1175–1225; Middle English chatel < Old French. See cattle]
syn: See property.
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|Noun||1.||chattel - personal as opposed to real property; any tangible movable property (furniture or domestic animals or a car etc)|
auto, automobile, car, motorcar, machine - a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine; "he needs a car to get to work"
article of furniture, furniture, piece of furniture - furnishings that make a room or other area ready for occupancy; "they had too much furniture for the small apartment"; "there was only one piece of furniture in the room"