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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.


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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