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[ka-steel] /kæˈstil/
Spanish Cas·ti·lla,
[kahs-tee-lyah, -yah] /kɑsˈti lyɑ, -yɑ/ (Show IPA)
. a former kingdom comprising most of Spain.
Also called Castile soap. a variety of mild soap, made from olive oil and sodium hydroxide.
any hard soap made from fats and oils, often partly from olive oil. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • The conquest of the independence of Castile is related in the following manner.

    The Pictureque Antiquities of Spain; Nathaniel Armstrong Wells
  • Castile isn't the only part of Spain with castles, of course.

  • All expenses were to be borne and all profits received by the crown of Castile, saving the rights formerly guaranteed to Columbus.

  • Because Castile is in the very heart of Spain, the capital, Madrid, is located there.

  • In one of the towers, there is still a fine chime of bells, that came no doubt originally from Castile or Arragon.

    Across America James F. Rusling
  • Ferdinand, King of Castile, seems to have been the principal aggressor.

  • He frequently lodged there in burly majesty, and entertained there the King of Castile, who was driven to England by a tempest.

    Old and New London Walter Thornbury
  • The soap should be either Castile or a pure unscented glycerin.

    The Complete Bachelor Walter Germain
  • He knew only a few words of Spanish after he had ruled Castile and Aragon for two years.

    The Story of Seville Walter M. Gallichan
  • Go back to Castile, and take with you your bells, your images, and your missions.

    Legends and Tales Bret Harte
British Dictionary definitions for Castile


a former kingdom comprising most of modern Spain: originally part of León, it became an independent kingdom in the 10th century and united with Aragon (1469), the first step in the formation of the Spanish state
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Castile

medieval Spanish county and later kingdom, from Vulgar Latin castilla, from Latin castella, plural of castellum "castle, fort, citadel, stronghold" (see castle (n.)); so called in reference to the many fortified places there during the Moorish wars. The name in Spanish is said to date back to c.800. Related: Castilian. As a fine kind of soap, in English from 1610s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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