[ kas-uhl, kah-suhl ]SEE DEFINITION OF castle


Hawarden is called a Castle, but it has not, either in its exterior or interior, the aspect of a Castle.

Somewhere between 1267 and 1280 the Castle had been destroyed and rebuilt.

The prince and princess are hailed and received at the castle as king and queen.

Telegrams of inquiry and sympathy came from all parts of the world to the Castle.

The fine gateway of the castle is flanked by two squat towers.

They have the castle, though I know not how it hath come to pass.

The Castle of Villefranche was harsh and stern as its master.

The castle is taken and on fire, the seneschal is slain, and there is nought left for us.

This is the key of the castle gate; the other opens the keep.

From sea to sea there was stringing of bows in the cottage and clang of steel in the castle.


late Old English castel "village" (this sense from a biblical usage in Vulgar Latin); later "large fortified building, stronghold," in this sense from Old North French castel (Old French chastel, 12c.; Modern French château), from Latin castellum "a castle, fort, citadel, stronghold; fortified village," diminutive of castrum "fort," from Proto-Italic *kastro- "part, share;" cognate with Old Irish cather, Welsh caer "town" (and perhaps related to castrare via notion of "cut off;" see caste). In early bibles, castle was used to translate Greek kome "village."

This word also had come to Old English as ceaster and formed the -caster and -chester in place names. Spanish alcazar "castle" is from Arabic al-qasr, from Latin castrum. Castles in Spain translates 14c. French chastel en Espaigne (the imaginary castles sometimes stood in Brie, Asia, or Albania) and probably reflects the hopes of landless knights to establish themselves abroad. The statement that an (English) man's home is his castle is from 16c.


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