chateaux

château

[sha-toh; French shah-toh]
noun, plural châteaux [sha-tohz; French shah-toh] , châteaus.
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.
Also, chateau.


Origin:
1730–40; < FrenchLatin castellum castellum

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chateau or château (ˈʃætəʊ, French ʃɑto, ˈʃætəʊ, French ʃɑto)
 
n , pl -teaux, -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
 
[C18: from French, from Old French chastel, from Latin castellum fortress, castle]
 
château or château (ˈʃætəʊ, French ʃɑto, ˈʃætəʊ, French ʃɑto, -təʊ, -təʊz, -to)
 
n
 
[C18: from French, from Old French chastel, from Latin castellum fortress, castle]

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chateau
c.1739, from Fr. château (12c.), from O.Fr. chastel, from L. castellum "castle" (see castle).
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