from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The mistress of a castle.
- n. The mistress of a large, fashionable household.
- n. A clasp or chain worn at the waist for holding keys, a purse, or a watch.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The mistress of a castle or large household.
- n. A chain or clasp worn at the waist by women, with handkerchief, keys, etc., attached (supposed to resemble the chain of keys once worn by mediaeval chatelaines).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An ornamental hook, or brooch worn by a lady at her waist, and having a short chain or chains attached for a watch, keys, trinkets, etc. Also used adjectively.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A female castellan; the lady of the castle or château. See chatelain.
- n. A chain, or group of chains, worn by castellans, by which the keys of a castle were suspended from the girdle; hence, a similar modern device for suspending watch-keys, seals, trinkets, etc.; and so, by extension, the trinkets themselves.
- Pertaining to or of the nature of a chatelaine: as, a chatelaine watch.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a chain formerly worn at the waist by women; for carrying a purse or bunch of keys etc.
- n. the mistress of a chateau or large country house
French châtelaine, feminine of châtelain, chatelain, from Old French chastelain; see chatelain.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French châtelaine. (Wiktionary)