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1castle

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

1
a :  a large fortified building or set of buildings
b :  a massive or imposing house
2
:  a retreat safe against intrusion or invasion
3
:  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

2castle

verb
cas·tledcas·tling \ˈka-s(ə-)liŋ\

Definition of CASTLE

transitive verb
1
:  to establish in a castle
2
:  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

1587

Rhymes with CASTLE

CASTLING Defined for Kids

castle

noun cas·tle \ˈka-səl\

Definition of CASTLE for Kids

1
:  a large building or group of buildings usually having high walls with towers that was built in the past to protect against attack
2
:  a large or impressive house

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