noun bas·tille \ba-ˈstēl\

Definition of BASTILLE

:  prison, jail

Examples of BASTILLE

  1. <were amazed by the squalid, cramped quarters in the town's historic bastille>

Origin of BASTILLE

French bastille, from the Bastille, fortress in Paris, from Middle French bastille, modification of Old Occitan bastida fortified town, from bastir to build, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German besten to patch
First Known Use: 1741


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