1. An official of a royal household who manages the living quarters.
2. A treasurer of a municipality or another public body.
3. A high-ranking official of a royal court.
Via French and Frankish, from Latin camera (chamber), from Greek kamara (vault) + -ling (a person/thing belonging to or concerned with). Earliest documented use: around 1225.
“A chamberlain whose watchful gaze seems closer to that of a prison guard (or nanny), rattles off the royal schedule, which includes ‘time for private thought’.”
Manohla Dargis; When Dusk Finally Settled on the Emperor; The New York Times; Nov 18, 2009.
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