tower house


Definition of tower house

: a medieval fortified castle (as in Scotland)

Examples of tower house in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This was perhaps the prime stronghold of the shadowy medieval Conmaicne Mara, who gave Connemara their name, and who were all but wiped from record by the O’Flahertys, builders of the castle’s tower house. Colin Thubron, The New York Review of Books, "Cartographers of Stone and Air," 17 Nov. 2020 Today, the tower houses a somewhat underwhelming LED that flashes at five-second intervals. Sarah Feldberg,, "Remember that viral lighthouse job? They got it," 12 Sep. 2019 The central tower houses molten salts that can store the energy of that light for extended periods of time. Shweta Narayan, Smithsonian, "How Engineers of New Energy Technology Are Taking Cues From Nature," 31 Aug. 2019 The irregular, four-story structure is topped by an open wooden tower housing a homemade statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Tom Noel, The Know, "9 odd places that you should include on a Colorado road trip, from a giant hot dog to fake cliff dwellings," 25 Aug. 2019 Castle Fraser, Aberdeenshire This five-story tower house may be recognizable to some as the backdrop from Helen Mirren’s film The Queen, with its romantic sprawling walls giving a real air of grandeur. Glasgow, USA TODAY, "Glasgow, Gateway to Scotland: Witness the beauty and history of these 15 majestic castles," 13 June 2019 Made partially from local stone, the tower houses a 60-bell carillon that is played twice daily. New York Times, "6 Great Gardens to Visit in Florida," 16 Feb. 2018 The first level of the tower houses the Founder’s Room, which has antique furniture, a fireplace and a ceramic tile floor. Dewayne Bevil,, "Bok Tower Gardens to reopen Friday," 21 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of tower house

1687, in the meaning defined above

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26 Nov 2020

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“Tower house.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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