- a fortress that commands a city and is used in the control of the inhabitants and in defense during attack or siege.
- any strongly fortified place; stronghold.
- (formerly) a heavily armored structure on a warship, for protecting the engines, magazines, etc.
Origin of citadel
Examples from the Web for citadel
He hits bottom at Rocamadour, a sanctuary in the Dordogne known as a citadel of faith devoted to Mary.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President
January 9, 2015
They severed the last railroad lifeline into Atlanta, making the Citadel of the Confederacy as it was touted no longer tenable.Atlanta’s Fall Foretold The End Of Civil War Bloodshed
September 1, 2014
She seemed to know, to accept, to welcome her position, the citadel of the family, the strong place that could not be taken.Is There a Ma Joad for the Piketty Era?
July 1, 2014
Once this citadel is breached, the other walls can come tumbling down.Praying While Packing Heat and Other Unwieldy American Traditions
February 18, 2013
It turns out that Santorum has a deep connection to the Citadel.The Real Appeal of Rick Santorum
January 21, 2012
We then would have pushed for Citadel Hill, which commanded Halifax.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
The general knew all about that, because his son was stationed in the Citadel.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
It was this that stormed the citadel of my hope, and drove me from even thinking of a God.Wilfrid Cumbermede
In the citadel is also a mosque, now building by the order of the Pasha.
Once it was by the Gauls, as we have read, who captured all the city except the citadel.Introductory American History
Henry Eldridge Bourne
- a stronghold within or close to a city
- any strongly fortified building or place of safety; refuge
- a specially strengthened part of the hull of a warship
- (often capital) the headquarters of the Salvation Army
Word Origin and History for citadel
1580s, "fortress commanding a city," from Middle French citadelle (15c.), from Italian cittadella, diminutive of Old Italian cittade "city" (Modern Italian citta), from Latin civitatem (nominative civitas; also source of Portuguese citadella, Spanish ciuadela; see city).