noun, plural châ·teaux [sha-tohz; French shah-toh] /ʃæˈtoʊz; French ʃɑˈtoʊ/, châ·teaus.
- (in France) a castle or fortress.
- a stately residence imitating a distinctively French castle.
- a country estate, especially a fine one, in France or elsewhere on the Continent.
- (often initial capital letter) a winegrower’s estate, especially in the Bordeaux region of France: often used as part of the name of a wine.
noun plural -teaux (-təʊ, -təʊz, French -to) or -teaus
- a country house, castle, or manor house, esp in France
- (in Quebec) the residence of a seigneur or (formerly) a governor
- (in the name of a wine) estate or vineyard
c.1739, from French château, from Old French chastel (12c.), from Latin castellum “castle” (see castle (n.)).