noun, plural bas·tilles [ba-steelz; French bas-tee-yuh] /bæˈstilz; French basˈti yə/.
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|Jay Parini|June 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Neither the Bastille nor the Beatles could inspire us to overhaul life itself.
The bloody effervescence of the Bastille gave way to Robespierre and then Napoleon; Stalin crushed Trotsky.
Witness a brown cardboard sign held high on Sunday night at the Bastille.Francois Hollande: France’s Anti-Sarkozy President|Tracy McNicoll|May 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Anyone hoping to learn what Bastille Day is all about would do well to start here.
It is that I will hear nothing further from you till I am clear of the Bastille.The Vicomte de Bragelonne|Alexandre Dumas
The Duke walks about on the top of the terrace at the Bastille, with his hair dressed, and in an embroidered coat.The Memoirs of the Louis XIV. and The Regency, Complete|Elizabeth-Charlotte, Duchesse d'Orleans
At the Bastille they may know nothing of the existence of a Paul de Lorraine.Helmet of Navarre|Bertha Runkle
No, abbe, it shall not be thus; they shall be married in the Bastille, and I shall be in the chapel where they cannot see me.The Regent's Daughter|Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
Within the Bastille the invaders were, meanwhile, breaking open the dungeons.Old and New Paris, v. 1|Henry Sutherland Edwards
British Dictionary definitions for bastille
Word Origin for Bastille
Culture definitions for bastille
A prison in Paris where many political and other offenders were held and tortured until the time of the French Revolution. It was attacked by workers on July 14, 1789, during the revolution; the prisoners were released, and the building was later demolished.