- a fortified, usually walled residence, as of a prince or noble in feudal times.
- the chief and strongest part of the fortifications of a medieval city.
- a strongly fortified, permanently garrisoned stronghold.
- a large and stately residence, especially one, with high walls and towers, that imitates the form of a medieval castle.
- any place providing security and privacy: It may be small, but my home is my castle.
- Chess. the rook.
- to place or enclose in or as in a castle.
- Chess. to move (the king) in castling.
- to move the king two squares horizontally and bring the appropriate rook to the square the king has passed over.
- (of the king) to be moved in this manner.
Origin of castle
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- Irene (Foote),1893–1969, born in the U.S., and her husband and partner Vernon (Vernon Castle Blythe), 1887–1918, born in England, U.S. ballroom dancers.
- (German Das Schloss), a novel (1926) by Franz Kafka.
Examples from the Web for castle
I meet Otis J. the night he arrives at “The Castle,” a West Harlem halfway house for newly-released convicts.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside
January 3, 2015
Crain posted a cash bond of $102.50 apiece shortly before 1:30 P.M., and they returned to the Castle Hotel.How Martin Luther King Jr. Influenced Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’
December 28, 2014
Denton, who speaks in the clipped cadence of the Oxford-educated Brit he is, has built quite a castle.The Gospel According to Nick Denton—What Next For The Gawker Founder?
December 14, 2014
Well, the dwarfs took pity on him and gave him the coffin, and the prince had it carried to his castle.In New Brothers Grimm 'Snow White', The Prince Doesn't Save Her
The Brothers Grimm
November 30, 2014
Holding the architectural smorgasbord of a castle together was cement, wire, and mortar.The Postman Who Built a Palace in France…by Hand
November 20, 2014
Hawarden is called a Castle, but it has not, either in its exterior or interior, the aspect of a Castle.
Somewhere between 1267 and 1280 the Castle had been destroyed and rebuilt.
The prince and princess are hailed and received at the castle as king and queen.
Telegrams of inquiry and sympathy came from all parts of the world to the Castle.
The fine gateway of the castle is flanked by two squat towers.Yorkshire Painted And Described
- a fortified building or set of buildings, usually permanently garrisoned, as in medieval Europe
- any fortified place or structure
- a large magnificent house, esp when the present or former home of a nobleman or prince
- the citadel and strongest part of the fortifications of a medieval town
- chess another name for rook 2
- chess to move (the king) two squares laterally on the first rank and place the nearest rook on the square passed over by the king, either towards the king's side (castling short) or the queen's side (castling long)
Word Origin and History for castle
late Old English castel "village" (this sense from a biblical usage in Vulgar Latin); later "large fortified building, stronghold," in this sense from Old North French castel (Old French chastel, 12c.; Modern French château), from Latin castellum "a castle, fort, citadel, stronghold; fortified village," diminutive of castrum "fort," from Proto-Italic *kastro- "part, share;" cognate with Old Irish cather, Welsh caer "town" (and perhaps related to castrare via notion of "cut off;" see caste). In early bibles, castle was used to translate Greek kome "village."
This word also had come to Old English as ceaster and formed the -caster and -chester in place names. Spanish alcazar "castle" is from Arabic al-qasr, from Latin castrum. Castles in Spain translates 14c. French chastel en Espaigne (the imaginary castles sometimes stood in Brie, Asia, or Albania) and probably reflects the hopes of landless knights to establish themselves abroad. The statement that an (English) man's home is his castle is from 16c.
move in chess, recorded under this name from 1650s, from castle (n.), as an old alternative name for the rook, one of the pieces moved. Related: Castled; castling.