citadel

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noun cit·a·del \ˈsi-tə-dəl, -ˌdel\

Definition of citadel

  1. 1 :  a fortress that commands (see 1command 2c) a city

  2. 2 :  stronghold the nation's citadel of health research — Constance Holden a citadel of higher education

Examples of citadel in a Sentence

  1. We visited a medieval citadel in Italy.

  2. a massive stone citadel continues to command the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia

Origin and Etymology of citadel

Medieval French citadelle, from Old Italian cittadella, diminutive of cittade city, from Medieval Latin civitat-, civitas — more at city


First Known Use: 1542


CITADEL Defined for English Language Learners

citadel

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noun cit·a·del \ˈsi-tə-dəl, -ˌdel\

Definition of citadel for English Language Learners

  • : a castle or fort that in past times was used to protect the people of a city if the city was attacked


CITADEL Defined for Kids

citadel

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noun cit·a·del \ˈsi-tə-dəl, -ˌdel\

Definition of citadel for Students

  1. :  a fortress that sits high above a city



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