a large and stately mansion
a large building formerly occupied by a ruler and fortified against attack
(chess) the piece that can move any number of unoccupied squares in a direction parallel to the sides of the chessboard
interchanging the positions of the king and a rook
move the king two squares toward a rook and in the same move the rook to the square next past the king
A large building that is fortified and contains many defences; in previous ages often inhabited by a nobleman or king.
A chess piece shaped like a castle tower which is also called a rook.
A close helmet.
To perform the move of castling.
To bowl a batsman with a full-length ball or yorker such that the stumps are knocked over.
a fortified residence, especially that of a prince or nobleman; a fortress
any strong, imposing, and stately mansion
a small tower, as on a ship, or an elephant's back
a piece, made to represent a castle, used in the game of chess; a rook
to move the castle to the square next to king, and then the king around the castle to the square next beyond it, for the purpose of covering the king
A castle is a type of fortified structure built in Europe and the Middle East during the Middle Ages by nobility. Scholars debate the scope of the word castle, but usually consider it to be the private fortified residence of a lord or noble. This is distinct from a palace, which is not fortified; from a fortress, which was not always a residence for nobility; and from a fortified settlement, which was a public defence – though there are many similarities among these types of construction. Usage of the term has varied over time and has been applied to structures as diverse as hill forts and country houses. Over the approximately 900 years that castles were built they took on a great many forms with many different features, although some, such as curtain walls and arrowslits, were commonplace. A European innovation, castles originated in the 9th and 10th centuries, after the fall of the Carolingian Empire resulted in its territory being divided among individual lords and princes. These nobles built castles to control the area immediately surrounding them, and were both offensive and defensive structures; they provided a base from which raids could be launched as well as protection from enemies. Although their military origins are often emphasised in castle studies, the structures also served as centres of administration and symbols of power. Urban castles were used to control the local populace and important travel routes, and rural castles were often situated near features that were integral to life in the community, such as mills and fertile land.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kas′l, n. a fortified house or fortress: the residence of a prince or nobleman, or a large country mansion generally: anything built in the likeness of such: a defensive tower borne on an elephant's back: a large ship, esp. of war.—v.t. to enclose or fortify with a castle.—v.i. (chess) to bring the castle or rook up to the square next the king, and move the king to the other side of the castle.—n. Cas′tellan, governor or captain of a castle.—adj. Cas′tellated, having turrets and battlements like a castle.—n. Cas′tle-build′ing, the act of building castles in the air or forming visionary projects.—adj. Cas′tled, furnished with castles.—n. Cas′tle-guard, the guard for the defence of a castle.—Castles in the air, or in Spain, groundless or visionary projects.—The Castle, Dublin Castle, the seat of the viceroy and the executive—Castle influence, &c. [A.S. castel—L. castellum, dim. of castrum, a fortified place.]
A type of building or structure built in a different time period, used and maintained in the present for various purposes.
There are castles all over Europe all built in a different time period and are now used as heritage centers and for educational purposes.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'castle' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2134
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'castle' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4790
Rank popularity for the word 'castle' in Nouns Frequency: #875
The numerical value of castle in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of castle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Fame is like a suffocating castle sieged by the enemy.
There was a castle called Doubting Castle, the owner whereof was Giant Despair.
Fame is like a castle. Castles are beautiful to dream and wonderful to watch, but too encircled to live in!
The euro is fragile, it's like building a castle of cards, if you take out the Greek card the others will collapse.
Earth is our only citadel in the universe; but we have illogically built many more fortresses within this beautiful castle!
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Translations for castle
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- برج, قلعةArabic
- qala, qəsrAzerbaijani
- замък, правя рокадаBulgarian
- kastell, kestellBreton
- castellCatalan, Valencian
- castell, caerWelsh
- slot, rokere, borg, herregårdDanish
- rochieren, Schloss, Burg, FestungGerman
- castro, castillo, enrocarseSpanish
- linnus, kindlusEstonian
- دژ, قلعه, برجPersian
- tornittaa, linnaFinnish
- château, roquer, château-fortFrench
- kastiel, slotWestern Frisian
- caistealScottish Gaelic
- क़िला, गढ़, दुर्गHindi
- sáncol, vár, kastélyHungarian
- ամրոց, դղյակArmenian
- kastil, puriIndonesian
- kastelo, roquarIdo
- hrókera, kastali, borg, virkiIcelandic
- 城郭, 城Japanese
- ციხე-დარბაზი, კოშკიGeorgian
- ប្រាសាទ, វិមានKhmer
- 성, 城郭, 城, 성곽Korean
- keleh, قهڵا, kelKurdish
- castellum, castrumLatin
- Schlass, Buerg, FestungLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- दुर्ग, गड, किल्लाMarathi
- kastil, istanaMalay
- fort, kasteel, rokeren, burcht, slotDutch
- castelo, rocarPortuguese
- castel, face rocadăRomanian
- рокирова́ться, за́мокRussian
- дворац, dvoracSerbo-Croatian
- grad, rokiratiSlovene
- kala, kështjellëAlbanian
- borg, befästning, slott, rockera, fästningSwedish
- şato, kaleTurkish
- گڑھ, درگ, قلعہUrdu
- qal'a, qasrUzbek
- lâu đài, thành trì, tòa thànhVietnamese
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