Definition of chattel noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈtʃætl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃætl//
[countable, uncountable] (law or old-fashioned)
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something that belongs to you Women are now considered as equal partners, not as chattels or housekeepers. see also goods and chattels Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French chatel, from medieval Latin capitale, from Latin capitalis, from caput ‘head’. Compare with capital and cattle.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: chattel