In a royal household, a chamberlain was the officer who controlled access to the king. The term has its origins in the royal chamber; it was the king's private room, or chamber, which was the chamberlain's responsibility. The chamberlain was also the administrator of the household and any private estates the king might have.

In addition to the chamberlain, there were three other main officers of the court: the Chancellor, the Justiciar, and the Treasurer.

Examples: Sir Knobbly appealed to the chamberlain for an audience with King Rex, but he had to wait more than an hour for an answer.

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