From Middle English chamberlein, chaumberlein, chaumberleyn, from Anglo-Norman chamberlenc, Old French chamberlayn, chamberlenc (“chamberlain”), from Frankish *kamarling (“chamberlain”), equivalent to *kamer (“chamber”) + *-ling (“-ling”). Cognate with Old High German chamarling (“chamberlain”). More at chamber, -ling.
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈt͡ʃeɪmbɚlɪn/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈt͡ʃeɪmbəlɪn/
- Hyphenation: cham‧ber‧lain
chamberlain (plural chamberlains)
- A senior royal official in charge of superintending the arrangement of domestic affairs and often charged with receiving and paying out money kept in the royal chamber, especially in the United Kingdom and in Denmark.
- A high officer of state, as currently with the papal camerlengo, but normally now a mainly honorary title.
- (obsolete) An upper servant of an inn.
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