Result from Foreign Dictionaries (3 entries 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), n. [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.
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]:
n 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
From French-English FreeDict Dictionary ver. 0.3.4 [fd-fra-eng]:
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