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)
- An officer in charge of managing the household of a sovereign, 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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