bastille

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French bastille, from Late Latin bastilia, plural of bastile, from bastire (to build).

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  • (UK) IPA(key): [bæˈstɪəɫ], [bæˈstiːɫ]

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bastille (plural bastilles)

  1. A castle tower, or fortified building; a small citadel or fortress.
  2. A prison or jail.
    • 1663, Samuel Butler, Hudibras, I.2:
      Thither arriv'd, th' advent'rous Knight / And bold Squire from their Steeds alight, / At th' outward Wall, near which there stands / A Bastile, built t' imprison Hands [...].

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin bastilia, plural of bastile, from bastire (to build).

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bastille f (plural bastilles)

  1. fortress