case·​mate | \ ˈkās-ˌmāt How to pronounce casemate (audio) \

Definition of casemate

: a fortified position or chamber or an armored enclosure on a warship from which guns are fired through embrasures

Examples of casemate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Taking shelter in a tiny casemate built in medieval times and depending on food handouts from volunteers and charities is far from his dream. Washington Post, "Migrants on stalled route hide in Greek city’s ancient walls," 26 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of casemate

1550, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for casemate

Middle French, from Old Italian casamatta

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“Casemate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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