Word of the Day – Chattel

By January 3, 2019 Word of the Day

Chattel (noun)

chat-l

A personal possession

Middle English: from Old French chatel, from medieval Latin capitale, from Latin capitalis, from caput ‘head’. Compare with capital and cattle.

Example sentences

“She said money-lenders seemed to target people who owned chattels.”

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