\ ˈmōt How to pronounce moat (audio) \

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 How to pronounce moat (audio) \ adjective
moatlike \ ˈmōt-​ˌlīk How to pronounce moat (audio) \ adjective

Examples of moat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Clearly, sharks smell blood in the moat waters surrounding Fort Foxborough. Dan Shaughnessy,, 16 Sep. 2022 The dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham plans to rally his troops in his fortress, protected by a large moat with only a single drawbridge. Richard Malena, Popular Mechanics, 21 July 2022 Meanwhile, Apple can focus on other products that expand its moat. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 8 Sep. 2022 Earning and owning this badge carries credibility that can keep the moat deep for many years. Erik Oberholtzer, Rolling Stone, 18 Aug. 2022 Twenty million seeds representing 29 flower species have been planted in the moat around the tower, which has been a dry ditch since 1845. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 31 May 2022 The Tower of London is planting a colorful field of millions of flowers, the first permanent transformation of its moat into a new natural landscape. Jane Levere, CNN, 29 May 2022 Finally, another wide moat business investors could consider would be an actual manufacturer such as Taiwan Semiconductor. Steven Dudash, Forbes, 25 Aug. 2022 There’s no moat besides scale, and multiple other companies have scale. John Koetsier, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of moat

15th 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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

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