[ moht ]
/ moʊt /


a deep, wide trench, usually filled with water, surrounding the rampart of a fortified place, as a town or a castle.
any similar trench, as one used for confining animals in a zoo.

Origin of moat

1325–75; Middle English mote < Old French: clod, mound, of obscure origin

Can be confused

moat mote Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for moat


/ (məʊt) /


a wide water-filled ditch surrounding a fortified place, such as a castle


(tr) to surround with or as if with a moata moated grange

Word Origin for moat

C14: from Old French motte mound
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