citadel

noun cit·a·del \ ˈsi-tə-dᵊl , -ˌdel \

Definition of citadel

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

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Origin and Etymology of citadel

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


CITADEL Defined for English Language Learners

citadel

noun

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

noun cit·a·del \ ˈsi-tə-dᵊl , -ˌdel \

Definition of citadel for Students

:a fortress that sits high above a city


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