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moat

noun \ˈmōt\

: a deep, wide ditch that is usually filled with water and that goes around the walls of a place (such as a castle) to protect it from being attacked

Full Definition of MOAT

1
:  a deep and wide trench around the rampart of a fortified place (as a castle) that is usually filled with water
2
:  a channel resembling a moat (as about a seamount or for confinement of animals in a zoo)
moat·ed \ˈmō-təd\ adjective
moat·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective

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Origin of MOAT

Middle English mote, from Anglo-French mote, motte mound, moat
First Known Use: 14th century

Other History Terms

agonistic, carpetbagger, enceinte, fief, historiography, paladin
MOAT Defined for Kids

moat

noun \ˈmōt\

Definition of MOAT for Kids

:  a deep wide ditch around the walls of a castle or fort that is usually filled with water

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