: mound, hill
especially : a hill serving as a site for a Norman castle in Britain

Examples of motte in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Condon Castle, in Moorepark, also known as Cloghleagh Castle, is a simple stone fortress that rises seven stories above a low motte overlooking what was once the main Cork-Dublin road. Josh Condon, Robb Report, 5 Mar. 2023

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Word History


French, from Old French mote, motte

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of motte was in 1884

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“Motte.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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