bastille
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: [bæˈstɪəɫ], [bæˈstiːɫ]
Noun

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 [...].
Translations
Bastille
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: [bæˈstɪəɫ], [bæˈstiːɫ]
Proper noun
  1. A prison in France, the storming of which in 1789 CE began the French Revolution.
Related terms
  • bastile
Translations
  • French: Bastille
  • Russian: Басти́лия
  • Spanish: Bastilla



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