bastille

noun bas·tille \ ba-ˈstēl \

Definition of bastille

Examples of bastille in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of bastille

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

bastille Synonyms

Synonyms
jail, big house [slang], bridewell, brig, calaboose, can, clink [slang], cooler, coop, guardroom, hock, hold, hoosegow, jailhouse, joint [slang], jug, lockup, nick [British slang], pen, penitentiary, pokey [slang], prison, quod [British slang], slam, slammer, stir [slang], stockade, tolbooth [Scottish]
Related Words
bull pen, cage, cell, hole, tank; block, ward; glasshouse [British], guardhouse, hulk (s); concentration camp, gulag, labor camp, prison camp, stalag, work camp; dungeon, keep, oubliette; reformatory, reform school, training school
Near Antonyms
outside


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