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Borrowed from French.


chaton (plural chatons)

  1. Collet, bezel (around a jewel, on a ring).
    • 2012, George Frederick Kunz, Rings for the Finger, page 257:
      Another ring, from the same locality, with a cross of simpler form engraved on the chaton was found attached to a chain.



chaton: kitten


  • IPA(key): /ʃa.tɔ̃/
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Etymology 1[edit]

First attested in Old French, from chat +‎ -on

chaton: catkin


chaton m (plural chatons, feminine chatonne)

  1. kitten, kitty (baby cat)
    Synonyms: minet, minou
  2. catkin

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle French chaton, chaston, from Old French chastun (the projecting part of a ring embedded with a stone), from Frankish *kastō (box, case), from Proto-Germanic *kastô, *kasô, *kasą, *kazą (vessel, container, pitcher, barrel). Cognate with Old High German kasto (box, case) (Modern German Kasten), Dutch kast (cupboard, case), Old English castenere (cabinet, chest), Old Norse kass, kassi (basket), Gothic 𐌺𐌰𐍃 (kas, vessel, container), Old High German char (vessel, bowl, tray, trough), Middle Low German kar (vessel, basket), Old Norse ker (vessel, container).

chaton: collet (silver), and chaton: jewel (blue)


chaton m (plural chatons)

  1. collet, bezel (around a jewel, on a ring)
  2. (by extension) the jewel itself (around which the collet is, on a ring)

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