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Meaning of chatelaine

chat•e•laine

Pronunciation: (shat'l-ān" Fr. shät&supschwa-len'), [key]
— pl. chat•e•laines
  1. the mistress of a castle.
  2. the mistress of an elegant or fashionable household.
  3. a hooklike clasp or a chain for suspending keys, trinkets, scissors, a watch, etc., worn at the waist by women.
  4. a woman's lapel ornament resembling this.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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