• WordNet 3.6
    • n chattel personal as opposed to real property; any tangible movable property (furniture or domestic animals or a car etc)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Chattel (Law) Any item of movable or immovable property except the freehold, or the things which are parcel of it. It is a more extensive term than goods or effects.Chattels are personal or real: personal are such as are movable, as goods, plate, money; real are such rights in land as are less than a freehold, as leases, mortgages, growing corn, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chattel Property; wealth; goods; stock. See cattle
    • n chattel An article of personal property; a movable: usually in the plural, goods; movable assets. In law the term includes also (for most purposes, at least) any interest in land other than an estate for life or of inheritance.
    • n chattel Synonyms Effects, Goods, etc. See property.
    • chattel To regard as a chattel; reduce to the condition of a chattel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Chattel chat′l any kind of property which is not freehold, distinguished further into chattels-real and chattels-personal, the latter being mere personal movables—money, plate, cattle, and the like; the former including leasehold interests
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. chatel,; another form of catel,. See Cattle
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. chatel—Low L. captale—L. capitale, &c., property, goods.


In literature:

The steamer was stopt, and soon the chattels (kettle, coffee-pot, &c) then the men afterwards the boat itself were on board.
"Old Fort Snelling" by Marcus L. Hansen
We speak of the "end" of chattel slavery, and the "rise" of feudalism, therefore, in a wide, general sense.
"Socialism" by John Spargo
The goods and chattels of those who had fled to Geneva were to be confiscated.
"The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Henry Martyn Baird
Orders were given to repack the family goods and chattels, and to set out upon new wanderings.
"Mary Wollstonecraft" by Elizabeth Robins Pennell
The Christian rulers compelled them to abandon their adopted homes and their chattels, regardless of the future.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
Long after Magna Charta, villains were sold with their "chattels and offspring," named in that order.
"A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume I (of II)" by Augustus De Morgan
At first they talk of going back to the ford, and making search for the lost chattels.
"Gaspar the Gaucho" by Mayne Reid
As usual he made himself useful to Alice, who looked upon him as a part of her goods and chattels.
"Flamsted quarries" by Mary E. Waller
Chattel slavery, feudalism, capitalism.
"Revolution" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
At first the coin was mine, the chattel his.
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various

In poetry:

I thought you a fire
On Heron-Plantation Hill,
Dealing out mischief the most dire
To the chattels of men of hire
There in their vill.
"At Moonrise And Onwards" by Thomas Hardy
Each found the art of chattel-clearing
Without another interfering;
But the live-stock with all their art,
They could not so exactly part.
"Reconciliation" by William Hutton
The primal mark is on her face,
The chattel-stamp,the pariah-stain
That follows still her hunted race,­
The curse without the crime of Cain.
"Avis" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
No chattels with it equal are —
No goods are of such real use —
No treasures can with it compare —
Nor any thing thou canst produce —
"Advice To Hear, And To Read, The Word Of God" by Rees Prichard
Through every play-thing that we've gone,
A man may quit them all but one;
Others, like flimzy chattels, fail,
But she's a freehold with entail.
"The Pleasures Of Matrimony" by William Hutton
Now, while our soldiers are fighting our battles,
Each at his post to do all that he can,
Down among rebels and contraband chattels,
What are you doing, my sweet little man?
"The Sweet Little Man" by Oliver Wendell Holmes