The lord chamberlain of England
Chamberlain Cham"ber*lain, n. [OF. chamberlain, chambrelencF. chambellon, OHG. chamerling, chamarlinc, G. k["a]mmerling, kammer chamber (fr. L. camera) + -ling. See {Chamber}, and {-ling}.] [Formerly written {chamberlin}.] 1. An officer or servant who has charge of a chamber or chambers. [1913 Webster]

2. An upper servant of an inn. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

3. 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. [1913 Webster]

4. A treasurer or receiver of public money; as, the chamberlain of London, of North Wales, etc. [1913 Webster]

{The lord chamberlain of England}, an officer of the crown, who waits upon the sovereign on the day of coronation, and provides requisites for the palace of Westminster, and for the House of Lords during the session of Parliament. Under him are the gentleman of the black rod and other officers. His office is distinct from that of the lord chamberlain of the Household, whose functions relate to the royal housekeeping. [1913 Webster]


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