chateaux


noun, plural châ·teaux [sha-tohz; French shah-toh] /ʃæˈtoʊz; French ʃɑˈtoʊ/, châ·teaus.

  1. (in France) a castle or fortress.
  2. a stately residence imitating a distinctively French castle.
  3. a country estate, especially a fine one, in France or elsewhere on the Continent.
  4. (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

  1. a country house, castle, or manor house, esp in France
  2. (in Quebec) the residence of a seigneur or (formerly) a governor
  3. (in the name of a wine) estate or vineyard
n.

c.1739, from French château, from Old French chastel (12c.), from Latin castellum “castle” (see castle (n.)).

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