One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for castellan
- ‘For the first time in centuries, residents without family ties to the area have become the chatelains of some of the great river estates.’
- ‘This hostellerie is a favourite with the local chatelains and wine makers, who bring their own bottles, free of corkage.’
Late Middle English: from Old French chastelain, from medieval Latin castellanus ‘castellan’, from Latin castellum (see castle).
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