Definition of moat
- The moat can be crossed by a drawbridge.
- A Bengal tiger stared at me from across the moat.
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: a deep, wide ditch that is usually filled with water and that goes around the walls of a place (such as a castle) to protect it from being attacked
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to lower or disgrace the reputation of
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