moat

noun
\ˈmōt \

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.

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Other Words from moat

moated \ˈmō-​təd \ adjective
moatlike \-​ˌlīk \ adjective

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The main entrance of the school is over a footbridge and is bordered on both sides by a moat-like garden that turns into a creek in rainy weather. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "How Newtown Came Back," 1 Aug. 2018 The front door to the home, where gatekeepers keep track of who is coming and going; and then—an actual moat. Molly Creeden, Vogue, "Jennifer Lawrence Takes on Hollywood With the World’s Best ChapStick and This Perfume Obsession," 30 Aug. 2018 Patriotic Dutch architects refuse to desecrate a historic moat. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "Moses Bridge: The Netherlands' Bridge Under Troubled Water," 6 Aug. 2018 On Saturday, Buffett pushed back, saying that there are still pretty good moats around. Noah Buhayar, Bloomberg.com, "Buffett Skirts Controversy as Politics Intrude on His Omaha Bash," 6 May 2018 The One has 20 bedrooms, seven pools (including a moat) and five elevators. Rick Hampson, USA TODAY, "In the second Gilded Age, the mansions get bigger, and the homeless get closer," 16 May 2018 Today, along the grand moat of the former royal palace, Chinese music rings out as people perform tai chi exercises, a sign of an uneasy transformation taking place in Myanmar’s second-largest city. Washington Post, "Chinese influx transforming Myanmar’s quintessential city," 1 May 2018 The three of them make a sandcastle, complete with bridges and moats. Shaila Kapoor, latimes.com, "The moment on the beach is fleeting. Or is it forever?," 25 June 2018 And not just because Saudi Arabia is preparing to build a moat along its 38-mile border with Qatar to turn it into an island—seriously. Ian Bremmer, Time, "The World Cup’s Biggest Winners and Losers So Far—Both On and Off the Field," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of moat

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for moat

Middle English mote, from Anglo-French mote, motte mound, moat

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moat

noun

English Language Learners Definition of moat

: 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

noun
\ˈmōt \

Kids Definition of moat

: a deep wide ditch around the walls of a castle or fort that is usually filled with water

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