Definition of moat
1 : a deep and wide trench around the rampart of a fortified place (such as a castle) that is usually filled with water The moat can be crossed by a drawbridge.
2 : a channel resembling a moat (as about a seamount or for confinement of animals in a zoo) A Bengal tiger stared at me from across the moat.
moatedplay \ˈmō-təd\ adjective
moatlikeplay \-ˌlīk\ adjective
Origin and Etymology of moat
Middle English mote, from Anglo-French mote, motte mound, moat
First Known Use: 14th century
MOAT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of moat for English Language Learners
: 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
MOAT Defined for Kids
Definition of moat for Students
: a deep wide ditch around the walls of a castle or fort that is usually filled with water
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