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  1. a medieval fortified town, planned as a whole and built at one time, especially in southern France, for strategic or commercial purposes.
  2. a small country house in southern France.
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Origin of bastide

1515–25; < Middle French < Old Provençal bastida fortification, noun use of feminine past participle of bastir to build, equivalent to basti- (< Germanic; see baste1) + -da < Latin -ta feminine past participle suffix
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Historical Examples

  • A single house outside the walls of a town was also called a bastide.

    Cathedral Cities of France

    Herbert Marshall

  • Who would have thought that it was Bastide who should eventually induce the Assembly to make up its mind?

  • The technical name for the small forts which the English gradually erected round Orleans is bastide.

    Battles of English History

    H. B. (Hereford Brooke) George

  • His farm or bastide was subjected to the same minuteness of seizure.

  • (p. 244) Bastide, one of the staff, became Minister for Foreign Affairs.

    An Englishman in Paris

    Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam