• IPA: /ˈsɪtədəl/, /ˈsɪtədɛl/

citadel (plural citadels)

  1. A strong fortress that sits high above a city.
  2. (sometimes, figurative) 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 […]
  3. An armoured portion of a warship, housing important equipment.
    • 2000, Lincoln P. Paine, Warships of the World to 1900
      Twenty-two of these — eleven per broadside — were on the main deck within a central citadel, essentially an armor-protected box in the middle of the ship. Also within the citadel were four 110-pdr. breech-loaders.
  4. A Salvation Army meeting place.
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