Origin of moat
Examples from the Web for moat
But over the years, cloistered in their mountain keep, complete with moat, Bender and Patton became ever more reclusive.
The brain is a castle and this is its moat, as experts have described it.Scientists Find Bacteria Where It Isn’t Supposed to Be: The Brain|Amanda Schaffer|March 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The moat outside the walls was bridged over and filled in—a green ravine of grasses and wild-flowers.A Night on the Borders of the Black Forest|Amelia B. Edwards
It was surrounded by a moat filled with water, and passed by a wooden bridge.The History of Signboards|Jacob Larwood
Orthon took the road along the moat which led to the banks of the river.Marguerite de Valois|Alexandre Dumas
Some jumped into the moat and began climbing up upon the shoulders of their companions.History of Kershaw's Brigade|D. Augustus Dickert
He made battlements on the walls, and surrounded the whole with a moat.Richard I|Jacob Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for moat
Word Origin for moat
Word Origin and History for moat
mid-14c., from Old French mote "mound, hillock, embankment; castle built on a hill" (12c.; Modern French motte), from Medieval Latin mota "mound, fortified height," of unknown origin, perhaps from Gaulish mutt, mutta. Sense shifted in Norman French from the castle mound to the ditch dug around it. As a verb, "to surround with a moat," early 15c.