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

In the meaning defined above

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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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Once back home, Booth purchased the town’s former fire station, its crumbling Norman castle and several warehouses and, in the 1960s, started to fill them with second-hand books. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "The Man Who Transformed a Welsh Town Into a ‘Kingdom’ of Used Books," 29 Aug. 2019 The expansive Scottish property has been in the royal family since 1845, when Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, purchased the castle and the surrounding 7,000 acre estate. Erin Hill, PEOPLE.com, "Prince William Sent This Photo of Himself (and a Message!) to Fans Who Wished Him Happy Birthday," 27 Aug. 2019 The visual detail is astounding, from the puppets’ ornate hairstyles to an immersive backdrop of enchanted forests, imposing castles and cave cities constructed in miniature. Judy Berman, Time, "Carnival Row and The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Vie to Be the Next Game of Thrones—But Neither One Comes Close," 26 Aug. 2019 After their tour of the castle and its grounds, they’ll be welcomed back on board with a glass of champagne, followed by a three-course dinner with wine pairing (courtesy of Belmond’s sommelier). Jennifer M. Wood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Belmond British Pullman Is Taking ‘Downton Abbey’ Fans from London to Highclere Castle," 26 Aug. 2019 The more than 900-year-old castle and fortress is used by the sovereign as a weekend home and official place of business, according to the royals' official website. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Reportedly Wanted to Live in Windsor Castle, but the Queen Had Other Ideas," 20 Aug. 2019 Wiesenthal asserts that prior to the advent of financial assets like savings accounts and securities, the rich stored their wealth in things like castles and art instead. Allison Schrager, Quartz, "Are negative interest rates unusual, natural, or both?," 30 July 2019 Alongside the knight and his squire, there is a princess — Tate — who lives in something like a castle and is married to a man who looks a little like a frog. New York Times, "‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’ Review: We Lost It at the Movies," 24 July 2019 Over mountains and swamps, through castles and ziggurats, anywhere the World of Warcraft might lead. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "One Big Dream: Yao Ming Wants to Make Chinese Basketball Global," 27 June 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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