Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

moat

play
noun \ˈmōt\

Simple Definition of moat

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of moat

  1. 1 :  a deep and wide trench around the rampart of a fortified place (as a castle) that is usually filled with water

  2. 2 :  a channel resembling a moat (as about a seamount or for confinement of animals in a zoo)

moated play \ˈmō-təd\ adjective
moatlike play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Illustration of moat

Origin of moat

Middle English mote, from Anglo-French mote, motte mound, moat


First Known Use: 14th century


MOAT Defined for Kids

moat

play
noun \ˈmōt\

Definition of moat for Students

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




Learn More about moat


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up moat? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

the range of perception or understanding

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

alt-5746713d76276

Which of these is a synonym of nonplus?

reduce soothe disapprove perplex
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ