bastille

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noun bas·tille \ba-ˈstēl\

Definition of bastille

  1. :  prison, jail

Examples of bastille in a sentence

  1. were amazed by the squalid, cramped quarters in the town's historic bastille

Origin and Etymology of bastille

French bastille, from the Bastille, fortress in Paris, from Medieval French bastille, modification of Old Occitan bastida fortified town, from bastir to build, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German besten to patch


First Known Use: 1741



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