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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During a German search of the castle, Szyja Perlmutter escaped arrest by disguising himself as a gardener. WSJ, "A Belgian Castle With a Heroic Past," 13 Feb. 2019 Monteverdi, in Tuscany, Italy, is right beside the ruins of a 12th-century castle. Carmen Rosy Hall, Vogue, "These Are the World’s Sexiest Bedrooms, According to Two Globe-Trotters Who Would Know," 14 Nov. 2018 There's no moat surrounding it and no turrets rising from it, but the English Tudor-style home in Avalon Hills still captures the feel of a castle behind its walls. Maureen C. Gilmer, Indianapolis Star, "Hot Property: English Tudor gives a royal feel inside," 12 Jan. 2018 When Prince Ernst August Jr. of Hanover married a fashion designer after fighting with his dad over castles. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "A Brief History of Royal Wedding Scandals," 16 May 2018 Catch character floats festooned with millions of lights during California Adventure’s Paint the Night parade, or watch Captain Lightyear soar over Sleeping Beauty’s castle in a new fireworks display at Disneyland. Marielle Wakim, Los Angeles Magazine, "The 7 Best Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend," 12 Apr. 2018 This moated castle on 37 acres in East Flanders is 21,500 square feet, with five bedrooms. WSJ, "A Belgian Castle With a Heroic Past," 13 Feb. 2019 The castle features its own church, a conservatory, a bowling alley, and is also a working farm. Araceli Cruz, Teen Vogue, "Meghan Markle’s Mom Doria Ragland Reportedly Invited to Christmas at Sandringham," 5 Nov. 2018 In June, Harington and Leslie tied the knot at the actress' family castle in Scotland after meeting six years ago on the set of the HBO fantasy series. Mariah Haas, Fox News, "Kit Harington on how 'Game of Thrones' changed his life: 'It gave me my future family'," 18 Sep. 2018

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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