• WordNet 3.6
    • n chamberlain an officer who manages the household of a king or nobleman
    • n chamberlain the treasurer of a municipal corporation
    • n Chamberlain British statesman who as Prime Minister pursued a policy of appeasement toward fascist Germany (1869-1940)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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    • Chamberlain A treasurer or receiver of public money; as, the chamberlain of London, of North Wales, etc.
    • Chamberlain An officer having the direction and management of the private chambers of a nobleman or monarch; hence, in Europe, one of the high officers of a court.
    • Chamberlain An officer or servant who has charge of a chamber or chambers.
    • Chamberlain An upper servant of an inn.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
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    • n chamberlain A person charged with the direction and management of a chamber or chambers. Specifically— An attendant, sometimes a male, sometimes a female, at an inn; a head waiter or upper chambermaid, or a person discharging duties analogous to those of such attendants.
    • n chamberlain An officer charged with the direction and management of the private apartments of a monarch or nobleman. The lord great chamberlain of Great Britain is the sixth officer of the crown. His functions, always important, have varied in different reigns. The duties which now devolve upon him are the robing and attending on the king at his coronation; the care of the ancient palace of Westminster; the provision of furniture for the houses of Parliament, and for Westminster Hall when used on great occasions; and attending upon peers at their creation, and upon bishops when they perform their homage. The office is now jointly held by the families of Cholmondeley and Willoughby de Eresby, and the honors are enjoyed in each alternate reign by each family successively. The office of lord chamberlain of the household, generally called simply the lord chamberlain, is quite distinct from that of the lord great chamberlain, and is changed with the administration. This officer has the control of all parts of the household (except the ladies of the queen's bedchamber) which are not under the direction of the lord steward, the groom of the stole, or the master of the horse. The king's (queen's) chaplains, physicians, surgeons, etc., as well as the royal tradesmen, are in his appointment; the companies of actors at the royal theaters are under his regulation; and he is also the licenser of plays. He has under him a vice-chamberlain.
    • n chamberlain Originally, the keeper of the treasure-chamber; hence, a receiver of rents and revenues; a treasurer: as, the chamberlain of a corporation. The name is given in some of the larger cities and towns both of Great Britain and of the United States to the treasurer or officer who has charge of the moneys of the municipal corporations.
    • n chamberlain In Great Britain, the factor or high steward of a nobleman or great landed proprietor.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
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    • n Chamberlain chām′bėr-lān or -lin an officer appointed by a king or nobleman, or by a corporation, to perform domestic and ceremonial duties
    • n Chamberlain chām′bėr-lān or -lin, an officer appointed by a king or nobleman, or by a corporation, to perform domestic and ceremonial duties
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. chamberlain, chambrelencF,. chambellon, OHG. chamerling, chamarlinc, G. kämmerling, kammer, chamber (fr. L. camera,) + -ling,. See Chamber, and -ling
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. chambrelenc; Old Ger. chamerling—L. camera, a chamber, and affix -ling or -lenc = Eng. -ling in hireling.


In literature:

The king whispered a few words in the ear of the chamberlain of the court, and then went out.
"Fairy Tales of the Slav Peasants and Herdsmen" by Alexander Chodsko
What this meant Lord Rosmead knew, and Mr. Chamberlain did not know.
"Lord Milner's Work in South Africa" by W. Basil Worsfold
Henry Fitzackerley Chamberlaine reached Hampton Privets.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
Last night CHAMBERLAIN protested that they had been betrayed, and deceived.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 104, May 13, 1893" by Various
After some thought she decided to try the Chamberlain district, which lay between there and her home.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
In the separate article on Mr Chamberlain the progress of this movement is sufficiently narrated.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
The courtiers, chamberlains, and even the peasants, accompanied us quite a considerable distance.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No 3, September 1863" by Various
In Cheapside the chamberlain of the city presented her majesty with a purse containing a thousand marks of gold.
"Coronation Anecdotes" by Giles Gossip
The Count of the Palace should be here with the Grand Chamberlain to meet my Master.
"Gycia" by Lewis Morris
The queen stood where the chamberlain left her, thinking deeply.
"The Olive Fairy Book" by Various
The chamberlain left the two, and the boy faced the girl.
"In Doublet and Hose" by Lucy Foster Madison
The Duke of Devonshire, though much out of humor, still continued to be Lord Chamberlain.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
It was a more difficult question to decide whether the lucubrations of Herr Houston Stewart Chamberlain came within my scope.
"Gems (?) of German Thought" by Various
No, it is to the devotion of our worthy Court Chamberlain, the Baron Treuherz von Eisenbaenden, that your discovery is owing.
"In Brief Authority" by F. Anstey
Mrs. Chamberlain would feel herself aggrieved if Mattie disappointed her.
"Not Like Other Girls" by Rosa N. Carey
His chamberlain, a stout man carrying a basket, followed him.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Two chamberlains in dark brown tunics hovered at Manfred's back.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
The Grand Chamberlain asked him why he was covered.
"Ave Roma Immortalis, Vol. 2" by Francis Marion Crawford
Professor Chamberlain took charge of the Class of 1828 in Latin and Greek when they entered on their Junior year.
"The History of Dartmouth College" by Baxter Perry Smith
Mr. CHAMBERLAIN will consent to be locked inside a barricaded Irish hovel when an eviction is expected.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 93, July 16, 1887" by Various

In poetry:

Within his office, smiling.
Sat Joseph Chamberlain,
But all the screws of Birmingham
Were working in his brain.
"The Dove" by Victor James Daley
"Or wilt thou be my chamberlaine,
About my person to remaine?
Or wilt thou be one of my guard,
And I will give thee great reward?
"The Lady Turned Serving-Man" by Anonymous British
"Chuse, gentle youth," said he, "thy place."
Then I reply'd, "If it please Your Grace
To shew such favour unto mee,
Your chamberlaine I faine would bee."
"The Lady Turned Serving-Man" by Anonymous British
He burst into the Royal suite,
And like a cowboy whooped with glee;
Dodging the charger's flying feet
The Chamberlain was shocked to see:
Imagine how it must have been a
Grief to Mother Queen Christina!
"Kings Must Die" by Robert W Service

In news:

Yes, a dingo really did eat Lindy Chamberlain 's baby.
In an emotional finding, Morris then offered her condolences to the Chamberlains and one of their sons, who were in the Darwin court room.
A judicial inquiry, known as a Royal Commission, overturned the convictions in 1987, leading to Lindy Chamberlain 's release.
Azaria Chamberlain 's death certificate has been changed after coroner determines dingo took her.
Photo taken in 1980 of Azaria Chamberlain who was taken by a dingo while the family was on holiday near Uluru in Australia's Northern Territory on Aug 17 1980.
Joba Chamberlain picked up the victory after throwing a scoreless seventh inning, with a strikeout, in relief of C.
This one features paintings by Patrick Chamberlain and Brad Killam.
Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton speaks to the media as her ex-husband, Michael Chamberlain, right, listens outside a coroner 's court in Darwin, Australia, Tuesday, June 12, 2012.
Helena High's Dylan Simac intercepts the ball intended for Capital High wide receiver Quinn Chamberlain, Friday night at Vigilante Stadium.
Enlarge Liberty Center High School runner Paige Chamberlain warms up before the start of the Girls Div III State High School PHIL LONG/OPPS.
Since he first wore a Yankees uniform on Aug 7, 2007, Joba Chamberlain has been more than just a pitcher.
We know for sure Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain stopped by the E 29th St Dunkin' Donuts today to honor an FD.
Getty Images Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte and pitcher Joba Chamberlain watch the end of the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.
Chamberlain and Behrmann are awaiting sentencing.
The glum news that Joba Chamberlain is likely out for the year with a torn ligament in his elbow adds injury to insult in the bad-news Bombers' bullpen.

In science:

Four decades after the classic analysis of the archtypical metalpoor stars HD 19445 and HD 140283 by Chamberlain & Aller (1951), it could be claimed (e.g.
HE 0557-4840 - Ultra-Metal-Poor and Carbon-Rich
Chamberlain Fellowship at LBNL and from the Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics.
The effects of charge transfer inefficiency (CTI) on galaxy shape measurements
Hidas MG, Burton MG, Chamberlain MA, Storey JWV (2000) Infrared and sub-millimetre observing conditions on the Antarctic plateau.
Astronomy in Antarctica
Chamberlain, J.W., & Hunten, D.M., Theory of Planetary Atmospheres, 2nd ed., Orlando: Academic Press, 1987.
The New Transiting Planet OGLE-TR-56b: Orbit and Atmosphere