What does Chamberlain mean?

Definitions for Chamberlain
ˈtʃeɪm bər lɪncham·ber·lain

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Chamberlain, Neville Chamberlain, Arthur Neville Chamberlainnoun

    British statesman who as Prime Minister pursued a policy of appeasement toward fascist Germany (1869-1940)

  2. chamberlainnoun

    the treasurer of a municipal corporation

  3. chamberlainnoun

    an officer who manages the household of a king or nobleman


  1. chamberlainnoun

    An officer in charge of managing the household of a sovereign, especially in the United Kingdom and in Denmark.

  2. chamberlainnoun

    A high officer of state, as currently with the papal camerlengo, but normally now a mainly honorary title.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Chamberlainnoun

    1.Lord great chamberlain of England is the sixth officer of the crown; a considerable part of his function is at a coronation; to him belongs the provision of every thing in the house of lords; he disposes of the sword of state; under him are the gentleman usher of the black rod, yeomen ushers, and door-keepers. To this office the duke of Ancaster makes an hereditary claim. Ephraim Chambers

    Etymology: from chamber.

    Humbly complaining to her deity,
    Got my lord chamberlain his liberty. William Shakespeare, Rich. II.

    He was made lord steward, that the staff of chamberlain might be put into the hands of his brother. Edward Hyde.

    A patriot is a fool in every age,
    Whom all lord chamberlains allow the stage. Alexander Pope.

    Think’st thou,
    That the bleak air, thy boisterous chamberlain,
    Will put thy shirt on warm? William Shakespeare, Timon.

    When Duncan is asleep, his two chamberlains
    We will with wine and wassel convince. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    He serv’d at first Æmilia’s chamberlain. John Dryden, Fables.


  1. chamberlain

    A chamberlain is an official who is in charge of managing the household or affairs of a monarch, noble, or president. This position is often senior in rank, and its duties may include overseeing domestic staff, taking care of finances, and attending to the personal needs of the individual they serve. In some contexts, a chamberlain may also hold other administrative or ceremonial duties.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chamberlainnoun

    an officer or servant who has charge of a chamber or chambers

  2. Chamberlainnoun

    an upper servant of an inn

  3. Chamberlainnoun

    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

  4. Chamberlainnoun

    a treasurer or receiver of public money; as, the chamberlain of London, of North Wales, etc

  5. Etymology: [OF. chamberlain, chambrelencF. chambellon, OHG. chamerling, chamarlinc, G. kmmerling, kammer chamber (fr. L. camera) + -ling. See Chamber, and -ling.]


  1. Chamberlain

    A chamberlain is an officer in charge of managing a household. In many countries there are ceremonial posts associated with the household of the sovereign. Historically, many institutions and governments – monasteries, cathedrals and cities – also had the post of chamberlain, who usually had charge of finances. The Finance Director of the City of London is still called Chamberlain, while New York City had such a chamberlain, who managed city accounts, until the early 20th century.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Chamberlain

    chām′bėr-lān, or -lin, n. an officer appointed by a king or nobleman, or by a corporation, to perform domestic and ceremonial duties.—n. Cham′berlainship.—Lord Chamberlain, an officer of high standing in the royal household, having control over all the officers and servants 'above stairs,' except those of the bedchamber, over the establishment attached to the Chapel Royal, the physicians, surgeons, and apothecaries of the household; Lord Great Chamberlain, a hereditary officer who has the government of the palace of Westminster, and upon solemn occasions the keys of Westminster Hall and of the Court of Requests are delivered to him. [O. Fr. chambrelenc; Old Ger. chamerling—L. camera, a chamber, and affix -ling or -lenc = Eng. -ling in hireling.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Chamberlain is ranked #1231 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Chamberlain surname appeared 28,727 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 10 would have the surname Chamberlain.

    87.4% or 25,133 total occurrences were White.
    5.9% or 1,709 total occurrences were Black.
    3.4% or 985 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.6% or 474 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 244 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.6% or 181 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Chamberlain in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Chamberlain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Chamberlain in a Sentence

  1. Mike Huckabee:

    He never should have been jailed and it's embarrassing that John Kerry and Obama negotiate with Iran as innocent Americans remained locked-up in prison, president Obama is a complete fool for trusting a country that's been lying, cheating, murdering and sponsoring terrorism around the globe for 37 years. Empowering Iran with sanctions relief is like Neville Chamberlain writing a $150 billion check to Adolf Hitler hoping he'll play nice and behave. This Iran deal is an insane disaster and this White House has lost its mind.

  2. Jona Lueddeckins:

    There's a David Smith, John Chamberlain, Albert Oehlen and everyone knows them but it doesn't stop there, there are artists that did amazing spray work but for one reason or other aren't known in the broader public — there are lots of discoveries to make, even for people who know a lot about art.

  3. Adam Kinzinger:

    They ended up getting rolled almost as bad as Neville Chamberlain, he continued, referring to the British prime minister who negotiated the 1938 Munich Agreement, which was widely panned as enabling the Nazi invasion of Poland. They set this up to fail, Kinzinger said.

  4. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee:

    We still went into an appeasement mode with the efforts of Chamberlain, it was disastrous, i'm simply saying when you've had 36 years of Iranian threats to destroy Israel ... when they say that they want to be able to destroy Israel and all the Jews by having them in one place ... those aren't my words. Those are their words.

  5. Benito Mussolini:

    Race! It is a feeling, not a reality: ninety-five percent, at least, is a feeling. Nothing will ever make me believe that biologically pure races can be shown to exist today. Amusingly enough, not one of those who have proclaimed the "nobility" of the Teutonic race was himself a Teuton. Gobineau was a Frenchman, Chamberlain, an Englishman; Woltmann, a Jew; Lapouge, another Frenchman.

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