- (initial capital letter) a fortress in Paris, used as a prison, built in the 14th century and destroyed July 14, 1789.
- any prison or jail, especially one conducted in a tyrannical way.
- a fortified tower, as of a castle; a small fortress; citadel.
Origin of bastille
Examples from the Web for bastille
With a fine (if unnoticed) stroke of irony, the bill was signed into law on Bastille Day, July 4.Snowden Deserves the Medal of Freedom, Not Prosecution
June 8, 2014
Neither the Bastille nor the Beatles could inspire us to overhaul life itself.Russell Brand: Not Quite a Messiah
October 28, 2013
The bloody effervescence of the Bastille gave way to Robespierre and then Napoleon; Stalin crushed Trotsky.You Say You Want a Revolution?
June 23, 2013
Witness a brown cardboard sign held high on Sunday night at the Bastille.Francois Hollande: France’s Anti-Sarkozy President
May 7, 2012
Anyone hoping to learn what Bastille Day is all about would do well to start here.Vive la France!
July 14, 2011
This Bouquet is a rascal who will be more likely to end in the Bastille than I, who did but defend my own.The Boy Life of Napoleon
You did good service at the taking of the Bastille, citizen?
Inform the Tribunal of what you did that day within the Bastille, citizen.
This time Hathelin had not the honour of the Bastille; he was sent to some depot.The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete
Madame La Marquise De Montespan
In the winter, for being second in a duel, he was sent to the Bastille.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
- a fortress in Paris, built in the 14th century: a prison until its destruction in 1789, at the beginning of the French Revolution
Word Origin and History for bastille
14c. Paris prison destroyed by revolutionaries on July 14, 1789, French, literally "fortress, tower" (see bastion).