chamberlain

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman chamberlenc, Old French chamberlayn, chamberlenc (chamberlain), from Frankish *kamerling (chamberlain), equivalent to *kamer (chamber) + *-ling (-ling). Cognate with Old High German chamarling (chamberlain). More at chamber, -ling.

Noun[edit]

chamberlain (plural chamberlains)

  1. An officer in charge of managing the household of a sovereign, especially in the United Kingdom and in Denmark.
  2. A high officer of state, as currently with the papal camerlengo, but normally now a mainly honorary title.
  3. (obsolete) An upper servant of an inn.

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