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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Chateau \Cha`teau"\, n.; pl. Chateux. [F. ch[^a]teau a castle. See Castle.] 1. A castle or a fortress in France. [1913 Webster] 2. A manor house or residence of the lord of the manor; a gentleman's country seat; also, particularly, a royal residence; as, the chateau of the Louvre; the chateau of the Luxembourg. [1913 Webster] Note: The distinctive, French term for a fortified castle of the middle ages is ch[^a]teau-fort. [1913 Webster]