[Old French chatel
goods, property, from Medieval Latin capitale
, from neuter of capitalis
chief, principal see capital
an item of tangible or intangible personal property
in this entry NOTE: In some jurisdictions the term chattel is restricted to items of tangible and movable personal property. Other jurisdictions also classify intangible assets and property items as chattels.
an item of tangible movable personal property (as livestock or an automobile) that is not permanently connected with real estate
an interest (as a leasehold or profit a prendre) in an item of immovable property (as land or a building) that is less than a freehold estate compare fixture
NOTE: Interests that are considered chattels real have been treated by the common law as personal property despite being interests in real property.