Pronunciation: (sha-tō'; Fr. shä-tō'), [key]
—pl. -teaus, -teauxPronunciation: (-tōz'; Fr. -tō'). [key]
1. (in France) a castle or fortress.
2. a stately residence imitating a distinctively French castle.
3. a country estate, esp. a fine one, in France or elsewhere on the Continent.
4. (often cap.) a winegrower's estate, esp. in the Bordeaux region of France: often used as part of the name of a wine. Also,cha•teau'.
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