noun cas·tle \ˈka-səl\

: a large building usually with high, thick walls and towers that was built in the past to protect against attack

: a large expensive house

: a piece in the game of chess that looks like a castle tower

Full Definition of CASTLE

a :  a large fortified building or set of buildings
b :  a massive or imposing house
:  a retreat safe against intrusion or invasion
:  3rook

Examples of CASTLE

  1. Millionaires built their castles along the lake.
  2. <the implacable attackers placed the castle under a prolonged siege>

Illustration of CASTLE

Origin of CASTLE

Middle English castel, from Old English, from Old French & Latin; Old French dialect (Norman-Picard) castel, from Latin castellum fortress, diminutive of castrum fortified place; perhaps akin to Latin castrare to castrate
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with CASTLE


cas·tledcas·tling \ˈka-s(ə-)liŋ\

Definition of CASTLE

transitive verb
:  to establish in a castle
:  to move (the chess king) in castling
intransitive verb
:  to move a chess king two squares toward a rook and in the same move the rook to the square next past the king

First Known Use of CASTLE


Rhymes with CASTLE

CASTLING Defined for Kids


noun cas·tle \ˈka-səl\

Definition of CASTLE for Kids

:  a large building or group of buildings usually having high walls with towers that was built in the past to protect against attack
:  a large or impressive house


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