Definition of vice chamberlain in English:

vice chamberlain

noun

  • A deputy chamberlain, especially (in the UK) the deputy of the Lord Chamberlain.

    • ‘The vice chamberlain, an MP, is held hostage during the state opening of parliament to ensure the monarch's safe return.’
    • ‘But due to the arcane ritual behind the state opening of Parliament the temporary detention of the vice chamberlain remains an integral part of the annual event.’
    • ‘In the recent government reshuffle he was given the job of vice chamberlain of the royal household.’