castellan

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Old French castelain, French châtelain, Latin castellanus pertaining to a castle, an occupant of a castle, Latin, a governor of a castle, from Latin castellum castle, citadel, diminutive of castrum fortified place. See castle and compare chatelaine.

Noun[edit]

castellan (plural castellans)

  1. The governor or caretaker of a castle or keep.

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Noun[edit]

castellan m (plural castellans)

  1. (Sursilvan, Surmiran) steward, governor, overseer, sheriff, bailiff, administrator

Usage notes[edit]

In a feudal, mediaeval context, this term refers to a local representative of the ruler, who ruled from a fortified castle on his ruler's behalf.