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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Developers built them in white suburbs, far removed from cities and public transportation routes, fashioning castles of commerce for the white middle class. Johnny Joo, Smithsonian, "The Rise of the Zombie Mall," 18 Sep. 2019 The castle sits on more than 1,000 acres and boasts 300 rooms. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "One night only: You can stay at 'Downton Abbey's Highclere Castle, thanks to Airbnb," 17 Sep. 2019 The windows look out over stone steps descending through rolling hills to the golf course, with the historic Turnberry castle and lighthouse in one direction and the surreal dome of the granite Ailsa Craig protruding from the sea in the other. David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times, "Inside the Military’s 5-Star Layovers at a Trump Resort in Scotland," 12 Sep. 2019 But there was the matter of meeting a bus and getting into a castle. BostonGlobe.com, "Highclere Castle," 12 Sep. 2019 Days 13-17: Náfplio Náfplio, our base for the next five days, is set on the eastern coast of the Peloponnese in the shadow of a cliff-top castle. National Geographic, "Italy and Greece Expedition: Empires of the Mediterranean," 10 Sep. 2019 In 2017, Southern Research hosted a solar eclipse viewing in the castle’s courtyard. John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al, "Are you a true Birmingham local? Answer these 15 questions," 9 Sep. 2019 The free, family-friendly event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with music, a bouncy castle for kids, games, food trucks, the famous half-ton pumpkin weigh-off and more. Laura Daily And Bryan K. Chavez, The Know, "An Italian fest in Lakewood, dogs take over Water World and more cheap things to do in Denver this month," 4 Sep. 2019 In addition, guests will be able to dine in a new restaurant set inside the castle. Fortune, "Franchise Fever Is Taking Over Disney’s Theme Parks," 26 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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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