Definition of chez in English:



  • At the home of (used in conscious imitation of French)

    ‘I spent one summer chez Grandma’
    • ‘We're still laughing about that chez Althouse.’
    • ‘Not just content with the new things going on chez Lyle, it appears that Jon is also going through a similar set of changes and viewpoint revisions.’
    • ‘The account of a Christmas dinner chez Bucks, for example, is brilliantly executed but the agony is drawn out until it's unbearable, until you're made to feel unwelcome.’
    • ‘Radio silence can end now: I managed to successfully move flats on the weekend and am now ensconced chez the gracious Meg and Paul in W14.’
    • ‘Many were fed to capacity (as is the norm chez Cushing) and many were embarrassed out of their skins too (you know who you are).’
    • ‘In conversations chez Althouse, we do often start taking books off the shelves and pointing out paragraphs, but that's more of a family thing.’
    • ‘For that price, I'd rather deconstruct the whole thing, chez Daniel - or chez Mark, for that matter.’
    • ‘But since this would involve draping myself over couches wearing a toga and sucking grapes it would lack novelty, being all too similar to an ordinary Saturday night chez Lupin.’
    • ‘I was free, but there was a catch, I had to spend one more night chez Jean Marie, and they were to be informed that I was leaving the next day, and it was all my decision.’
    • ‘This is chez Amy, and in her defence, she's rarely around.’
    • ‘For him, the festival is also a great opportunity to do a bit of corporate entertaining by flying in their European contacts for a day of culture and then a sit-down dinner chez Bruce.’
    • ‘But more than the well-prepared blue-chip comfort food, the real joy of a dinner chez Puny is watching the man himself perform.’
    • ‘Last night, I ventured out into the freezing cold and almost deserted London streets, heading for the hospitality chez Dori and Raf.’
    • ‘Indeed, even the experts are reluctant to award the profession too many stress points, suggesting that a lot of what we see chez Ramsay is food cinema.’
    • ‘Also I will soon need to phone CG again, since I don't know if we're meeting here or chez him, but if it's here, I need to buy food to eat.’
    • ‘All I can say is that it would not happen chez Taylor.’
    • ‘I roll up at his apartment at the appointed time and he's not quite ready, so I may be one of the few visitors chez Hitchens to have seen him clothed as he was.’
    • ‘Sunday was mostly spent recovering and then onto a fun evening chez Meg and Luke in honour of the Australian's clock ticking over once more.’
    • ‘Oddly, I was tired all day and uninterested in going; when it turned out I couldn't (plumbing issue chez my friend), I was disappointed.’
    • ‘The cold streets will glitter under the bright lights and the holiday chez Blair will be rosy, jolly and self-satisfied, blighted only by the possibility that young Euan might overdo it with the sherry.’


Mid 18th century: French, from Old French chiese, from Latin casa ‘cottage’.