Law. a movable article of personal property.
any article of tangible property other than land, buildings, and other things annexed to land.
a slave.

1175–1225; Middle English chatel < Old French. See cattle

1. See property. Unabridged
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chattel (ˈtʃætəl)
1.  (often plural) property law
 a.  chattel personal an item of movable personal property, such as furniture, domestic animals, etc
 b.  chattel real an interest in land less than a freehold, such as a lease
2.  goods and chattels personal property
[C13: from Old French chatel personal property, from Medieval Latin capitāle wealth; see capital1]

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., chatel "property, goods," from O.Fr. chatel (see cattle, which is the Norman-Picard form of the same word). Application to slaves (1640s) is a rhetorical figure of abolitionists, etc.
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Example sentences
They are our companions and our chattel, our family members and our laborers,
  our household pets and our household pests.
However, the fact that a chattel exists does not end the inquiry with regard to
  preferred venue.
The amount of the bond is twice the value of the chattel listed in the motion,
  complaint or affidavit.
Lease for ninety-nine years is a chattel real and therefore real estate.
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