castle

noun
cas·​tle | \ ˈka-səl How to pronounce castle (audio) \

Definition of castle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a large fortified building or set of buildings
b : a massive or imposing house
2 : a retreat safe against intrusion or invasion

castle

verb
castled; castling\ ˈka-​s(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce castling (audio) \

Definition of castle (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to establish in a castle
2 : to move (the chess king) in castling

intransitive verb

: to move a chess king two squares toward a rook and in the same move the rook to the square next past the king

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Noun

castle 1a: 1 fortified approach, 2 moat, 3 drawbridge, 4 ward, 5 angle tower, 6 donjon or keep, 7 chapel, 8 gallery

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Examples of castle in a Sentence

Noun

Millionaires built their castles along the lake. the implacable attackers placed the castle under a prolonged siege

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After a multimillion-pound restoration, Prince Charles and his foundation transformed the building on castle grounds so visitors can live like royals. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Prince Charles Just Opened Granary Lodge Bed and Breakfast in Scotland," 6 May 2019 Ballistae were usually fired against stationary items such as castle walls or gates—not exactly something as mobile as a flying dragon the size of airliner. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, "The Real History of the Ballista, Game of Thrones' Anti-Dragon Weapon," 6 May 2019 If not well defended, these junctions could allow operatives to tunnel under the moat and pop up inside the castle walls. Rebecca Smith And Rob Barry, WSJ, "America’s Electric Grid Has a Vulnerable Back Door—and Russia Walked Through It," 10 Jan. 2019 The 600 guests will then be transported to the castle by mini-buses in order to prevent traffic jams in the town. Katie Nicholl, Vanities, "Meghan Markle’s Mother, Doria Ragland, Is “Very Impressive” as She Prepares to Meet the Queen," 18 May 2018 Motte and his wife of 34 years, Joy Motte, were on vacation and went to the castle to kiss the Blarney Stone. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "He tried to kiss the Blarney Stone, but rescuers had to airlift him from Irish castle | Charlotte Observer," 25 Apr. 2018 Taylor rented out a castle in Ireland to spend Christmas with Joe. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "5 Signs Taylor Swift Is Definitely Engaged To Joe Alwyn," 29 Apr. 2019 Sophie is often at Windsor taking the kids riding on the queen’s horses and playing at the castle. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "We Just Got a Bunch of Details About Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's New House," 10 Apr. 2019 The pair had been separated for seven weeks, with the Queen staying at Windsor castle and Phillip at Wood Farm, Sandringham. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "At 97, Prince Philip Is Still Carriage Driving Around the Grounds of Windsor Castle," 5 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This is the real point of the combination as now Black will not be able to castle and White can pretty much at his leisure, build up an attack. Chris Chase, BostonGlobe.com, "Chess notes," 27 May 2018 After your tour, strip to your bathing suit and spend the rest of the day swimming, sand-castling, and sunning. Hadley Meares, Los Angeles Magazine, "10 Historic L.A. Places to Visit on a Sunny Day," 14 May 2018 Now Black cannot castle kingside after Be3 and Qd2.) Michael Ciamarra, AL.com, "Alabama's rising chess star Arden Markin, tournament prize winners," 11 June 2017 Jasper Hall of Fame Classic Lake Central 15, Castle 2 Castle 100 01 — 2 6 2 Lake Central 058 2x — 15 7 0 WP: Zack Dobbs 5 IP, 5 SO. Lake Central 10, Jasper 3 Lake Central 204 102 1 — 10 8 2 Jasper 011 010 0 — 3 6 3 WP: Jason Lamont 5 IP, 4 SO. Post-Tribune, "Post-Tribune Local Scoreboard for Sunday, May 14," 13 May 2017

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First Known Use of castle

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1587, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for castle

Noun

Middle English castel, from Old English, from Old French & Latin; Old French dialect (Norman-Picard) castel, from Latin castellum fortress, diminutive of castrum fortified place; perhaps akin to Latin castrare to castrate

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castle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of castle

: a large building usually with high, thick walls and towers that was built in the past to protect against attack
informal : a large expensive house
: a piece in the game of chess that looks like a castle tower

castle

noun
cas·​tle | \ ˈka-səl How to pronounce castle (audio) \

Kids Definition of castle

1 : a large building or group of buildings usually having high walls with towers that was built in the past to protect against attack
2 : a large or impressive house

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