citadel

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Etymology[edit]

From French citadelle, from Italian cittadella, diminutive of città (city), from Latin cīvitās.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈsɪtədəl/, /ˈsɪtədɛl/

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citadel (plural citadels)

  1. A strong fortress that sits high above a city.
  2. (sometimes figuratively) A stronghold or fortified place.
    • 1836, Alexander Slidell Mackenzie, The American in England (page 269)
      Intrenched within the citadel of our apartment, and cheered by the comfortings of a coal fire, we passed the day in letter-writing, conversation, or gazing from the sheltered security of our windows upon the agitated sea []

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