The Collaborative International Dictionary
Catel \Cat"el\, n. [See Chattel.] Property; -- often used by Chaucer in contrast with rent, or income.
``For loss of catel may recovered be,
But loss of tyme shendeth us,'' quod he.
n. (context obsolete English) property, as distinguished from rent or income
Usage examples of "catel".
For catel hadde they ynogh, and rente, And eek hir wyves wolde it wel assente- And eles, certeyn, were they to blame!
This wydwe, of which I telle yow my tale, Syn thilke day that she was last a wyf, In pacience ladde a ful symple lyf, For litel was hir catel and hir rente.
Hasard is verray mooder of lesynges, And of dedeite and cursed forswerynges, Blasphemyng of Crist, manslaughtre and wast also, Of catel and of tyme, and forthermo It is repreeve and contrarie of honour For to ben holde a commune hasardour.
For catel hadde they ynogh, and rente, And eek hir wyves wolde it wel assenteAnd eles, certeyn, were they to blame!
Then is discipline eke in knocking of thy breast, in scourging with yards [rods], in kneelings, in tribulations, in suffering patiently wrongs that be done to him, and eke in patient sufferance of maladies, or losing of worldly catel [chattels], or of wife, or of child, or of other friends.