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citadel

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noun cit·a·del \ˈsi-tə-dəl, -ˌdel\

Simple Definition of citadel

  • : a castle or fort that in past times was used to protect the people of a city if the city was attacked

Full Definition of citadel

  1. 1 :  a fortress that commands a city

  2. 2 :  stronghold <the nation's citadel of health research — Constance Holden> <a citadel of higher education>

Examples of citadel

  1. We visited a medieval citadel in Italy.

  2. <a massive stone citadel continues to command the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia>



Origin of citadel

Middle French citadelle, from Old Italian cittadella, diminutive of cittade city, from Medieval Latin civitat-, civitas — more at city


First Known Use: 1562


CITADEL Defined for Kids

citadel

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noun cit·a·del \ˈsi-tə-dəl, -ˌdel\

Definition of citadel

  1. :  a fortress that sits high above a city





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