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[kas-tl-n, ka-stel-uh n] /ˈkæs tl n, kæˈstɛl ən/
the governor of a castle.
Origin of castellan
1350-1400; < Medieval Latin castellānus (noun) governor, occupant of a castle, (adj.) of a castle (Latin: of a fortress), equivalent to castell(um) castellum, castle + -ānus -an; replacing Middle English castelain < Old North French < Latin, as above
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castellanship, noun Unabridged
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  • So folk brought her her palfrey, and they rode their ways, the castellan ever by her side.

  • My name's castellan, and that should be good enough for you.

    The World Peril of 1910 George Griffith
  • "Last time I saw him he came from yonder corridor," Tristan informed the castellan.

    Under the Witches' Moon Nathan Gallizier
  • "Yes, come along and do it," said castellan, catching him by the arm.

    The World Peril of 1910 George Griffith
  • castellan had swum round, and they took her under the arms to give her a rest.

    The World Peril of 1910 George Griffith
  • Pump her out, castellan, and give her full speed as soon as you can.

    The World Peril of 1910 George Griffith
  • Thus Margaret, the castellan's wife, Kuno's old nurse, found him.

    Fairy Circles Unknown
  • Sink her to three feet, castellan, and then ahead full speed.

    The World Peril of 1910 George Griffith
  • At the window of the highest donjon sits the castellan, ready to proclaim the arrival of his liege lord by the blast of a horn.

  • castellan was perfectly right in his conjecture as to the purpose of the Reserve.

    The World Peril of 1910 George Griffith
British Dictionary definitions for castellan


(rare) a keeper or governor of a castle Also called chatelain
Word Origin
C14: from Latin castellānus, from castellumcastle
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Word Origin and History for castellan

late 14c., from Old North French castelain (Modern French châtelaine; see chatelaine).

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