citadel

noun
cit·​a·​del | \ ˈsi-tə-dᵊl How to pronounce citadel (audio) , -ˌdel\

Definition of citadel

1 : a fortress that commands (see command entry 1 sense 2c) a city
2 : stronghold the nation's citadel of health research— Constance Holden a citadel of higher education

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Examples of citadel in a Sentence

We visited a medieval citadel in Italy. a massive stone citadel continues to command the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia

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The only people who do know Jon's true parentage are Bran Stark (thanks to his greensight as the Three-Eyed Raven) and Samwell Tarly (thanks to his research in the citadel). Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jon Snow Learns His True Identity in Game of Thrones the Season 8 Premiere," 15 Apr. 2019 Explore the others, starting with Mission San José, a breathtaking stone citadel that still holds Catholic Mass on weekends. Mike Sutter, WSJ, "The Best Under-the-Radar Food Destination in the U.S.," 19 Oct. 2018 Explore UNESCO World Heritage–listed Old Québec, brush up on your military history at the citadel atop Cap Diamant, and head to the Quartier Petit-Champlain for pedestrian-only streets and artisan boutiques. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cities in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 The citadel is protected by walls that are over 25 feet tall, and there is a large artificial reservoir that looks like an Olympic swimming pool. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "What 61,000 hidden structures reveal about Maya civilization," 28 Sep. 2018 The British built elaborate fortifications to protect the garrison and citizenry, and renamed York Castle as their citadel. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "An Exhibition in Tangier Pays Tribute to Design World Darling Charles Sevigny," 3 Aug. 2018 The most curious travelers should start at the 26-foot-high laterite wall that surrounds the citadel, oft ignored by most visitors. Lester V. Ledesma, Condé Nast Traveler, "Beyond the Crowds of Angkor, Cambodia," 12 Apr. 2018 The name is short for Strategically Armored & Fortified Environments, and there are plenty of examples throughout the four-story citadel. Jack Flemming, latimes.com, "Modern-day supervillain fortress in Hollywood Hills finds its next Lex Luthor," 29 May 2018 Like many of the towns that dot this stretch of shoreline, its dominant features are a medieval old quarter surmounted by an hulking stone citadel and a harbor crammed with luxury yachts. New York Times, "Beautiful People in European Villas: a Film Genre of Its Own," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of citadel

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for citadel

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

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citadel

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English Language Learners Definition of citadel

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

citadel

noun
cit·​a·​del | \ ˈsi-tə-dᵊl How to pronounce citadel (audio) , -ˌdel\

Kids Definition of citadel

: a fortress that sits high above a city

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