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CHATELAINE (Fr. chdtelaine, the femin...

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Originally appearing in Volume V05, Page 964 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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CHATELAINE (Fr. chdtelaine, the feminine form of chdtelain, a keeper of a castle), the mistress of a castle. From the custom of a chatelaine to carry the keys of the castle suspended from her girdle, the word is now applied to the collection of short chains, often worn by ladies, to which are attached various small articles of domestic and toilet use, as keys, penknife, needlecase,. scissors, &c.
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