portcullis

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noun port·cul·lis \pȯrt-ˈkə-ləs\

Definition of portcullis

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

Origin and Etymology of portcullis

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


First Known Use: 14th century


PORTCULLIS Defined for English Language Learners

portcullis

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noun port·cul·lis \pȯrt-ˈkə-ləs\

Definition of portcullis for English Language Learners

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


PORTCULLIS Defined for Kids

portcullis

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noun port·cul·lis \pȯrt-ˈkə-ləs\

Definition of portcullis for Students

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

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