motte and bailey

noun

Definition of motte and bailey

: a medieval Norman castle consisting of two connecting ditched stockaded mounds with the higher mound surmounted by the keep and the lower one containing barracks and other buildings

First Known Use of motte and bailey

1900, in the meaning defined above

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“Motte and bailey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/motte%20and%20bailey. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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