castle

noun
cas·tle | \ ˈka-səl \

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 \

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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But in 1957, due to London’s terrible smog problem, the Observatory and its telescope relocated to a castle in Sussex, leaving the original building behind as a museum and education center. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Now That the Smog Has Lifted, Astronomy Returns to London’s Royal Observatory," 28 June 2018 The passengers take in aerial views of castles, deserts, bridges, cities, and mountains, sometimes flying as far as Edinburgh, Scotland and Venice, Italy. National Geographic, "Stunning Video Shows a Man Flying With Birds," 4 Jan. 2018 The world's most impressive sand castles are full-blown works of art, created by skilled builders with a eye for detail. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Wife hates husband's secret lingerie habit," 14 July 2018 The castle was recently the site of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s royal wedding. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "President Trump Set to Meet Queen Elizabeth at Harry and Meghan's Wedding Venue," 27 June 2018 Inside the walls of the medieval castle, you will be assigned a banner color and sit on your side’s section in the stadiumlike seating area. Maricar Estrella, star-telegram, "Planning a party for a teen? Avoid the angst with these DFW options | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 23 Mar. 2018 Boo lanterns dangle from the ceiling and the walls are decorated to look like the inside of Bowser’s castle. Eder Campuzano, OregonLive.com, "Here are 5 ways you can celebrate Mario Day in Portland," 10 Mar. 2018 He was invested in the Order of the Garter at Windsor Castle in 2008, which involves an annual June march down from the castle and a carriage ride back up the hill. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Prince William Confidently Pulls Off Ostrich Feather Hat for Annual Knights Service in Scotland," 6 July 2018 Costa Brava, Spain Explore the ramparts of a medieval castle... The Editors Of Gq, GQ, "8 European Beach Vacations That’ll Make Your Instagram Friends Jealous," 28 June 2018

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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

: a large expensive house

: a piece in the game of chess that looks like a castle tower

castle

noun
cas·tle | \ ˈka-səl \

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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