portcullis

noun port·cul·lis \ pȯrt-ˈkə-ləs \

Definition of portcullis

:a grating of iron hung over the gateway of a fortified place and lowered between grooves to prevent passage

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Origin and Etymology of portcullis

Middle English port colice, from Anglo-French porte coliz, literally, sliding door


PORTCULLIS Defined for English Language Learners

portcullis

noun

Definition of portcullis for English Language Learners

  • : a heavy iron gate that can be raised or lowered at the entrance to a castle


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portcullis

noun port·cul·lis \ pȯrt-ˈkə-ləs \

Definition of portcullis for Students

:a heavy iron gate that can be lowered to prevent entrance (as to a castle)

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