Definition of castellan in English:

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castellan

Pronunciation: /ˈkastələn/

noun

historical
The governor of a castle.
Example sentences
  • The castellan had recognized the seal of the Earl of Thierry on his letters of introduction.
  • French noblemen took to protecting themselves in fortified buildings that were known as castellans - these served as private fortifications in which people and animals were protected from these feared invaders
  • Until then, uprisings against the new Norman régime had been confined to local spats prompted mainly by the heavy-handed actions of overzealous castellans.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old Northern French castelain, from medieval Latin castellanus, from Latin castellum (see castle).

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Line breaks: cas¦tel|lan

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