bastille

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Bastile \Bas*tile"\ Bastille \Bas*tille"\(b[.a]s*t[=e]l" or b[.a]s"t[-e]l; 277), noun [F. bastille fortress, OF. bastir to build, F. b[^a]tir.]

1. (Feud. Fort.) A tower or an elevated work, used for the defense, or in the siege, of a fortified place.

The high bastiles . . . which overtopped the walls. --Holland.

2. "The Bastille", formerly a castle or fortress in Paris, used as a prison, especially for political offenders; hence, a rhetorical name for a prison.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

Bastille

noun

1: a fortress built in Paris in the 14th century and used as a prison in the 17th and 18th centuries; it was destroyed July 14, 1789 at the start of the French Revolution

2: a jail or prison (especially one that is run in a tyrannical manner)


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