One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An officer who managed the household of a monarch or noble.
- ‘Always a charming courtier, Dudley had managed to obtain a sinecure as chamberlain to Grand Duchess Maria Maddalena, wife of Cosimo II.’
- ‘In fact, a former chamberlain to the Crown Prince described the remarks as the equivalent to a declaration of war.’
- ‘They were represented by the great chamberlain to the emperor and his deputy.’
- ‘The son of a Yorkist retainer, he came into prominence at the beginning of the reign as chamberlain of the household.’
- ‘The knowledge he displayed of that court's personnel convinced Louis XVI's former chamberlain, two of his former private secretaries, and a former lady-in-waiting that Naundorff spoke the truth.’
- 1.1British An officer who received revenue on behalf of a corporation or public body.
- ‘Its treasurer was the head of the administration, but the chamberlain made financial policy.’
- ‘The chamberlains took over accounting responsibilities from the bailiffs in 1465 and in the same year Reynold Rokes was appointed town clerk.’
- ‘The 1555 recension continues this principle, although by that time it was the chamberlains who were the accounting officers.’
- ‘He gradually rose on the Stratford town council, serving as one of the two chamberlains, who had charge of borough property and finances, from 1561 to 1563.’
- ‘Unfortunately, they had been discovered by a chamberlain and were each receiving admonishments.’
Middle English (denoting a servant in a bedchamber): via Old French from Old Saxon kamera, from Latin camera ‘vault’ (see chamber).
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