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chateau

Syllabification: cha·teau
Pronunciation: /SHaˈtō
 
/
(also château)

Definition of chateau in English:

noun (plural chateaux /-ˈtō(z) /)

A large French country house or castle often giving its name to wine made in its neighborhood: [in names]: Château Margaux
More example sentences
  • While most Sauvignon Blanc wines from Bordeaux are consumed within a few years of the vintage, the dry and sweet wines from the great chateaux can age for decades.
  • Can you imagine the uproar if Château Lafite started adding other châteaux's wine to cope with increased demand?
  • For the third time in 150 years, the vineyards of France were witness to war and the French vignerons and chateaux owners once again set about their wartime tasks.

Origin

mid 18th century: French, from Old French chastel (see castle).

Words that rhyme with chateau

bateau, gateau, gelato, mulatto, plateau

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