Definitions for castleˈkæs əl, ˈkɑ səl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cas•tleˈkæs əl, ˈkɑ səl(n.; v.)-tled, -tling.

  1. (n.)a fortified, usu. walled residence, as of a prince or noble in feudal times.

  2. the chief and strongest part of the fortifications of a medieval city.

  3. a strongly fortified, permanently garrisoned stronghold.

  4. a large and stately residence, esp. one that imitates the forms of a medieval castle.

  5. any place providing security and privacy.

  6. Chess. the rook.

    Category: Checkers and Chess

  7. (v.t.)to place or enclose in or as if in a castle.

  8. Chess. to move (the king) in castling.

    Category: Checkers and Chess

  9. (v.i. Chess.)to move the king two squares horizontally and bring the appropriate rook to the square the king has passed over.

    Category: Checkers and Chess

  10. (of the king) to be moved in this manner.

    Category: Checkers and Chess

Origin of castle:

bef. 1000; OE castel < L castellum fortified settlement, fortress 蠐*castrelom=castr(a) fortified camp +*-elom (dim. suffix); see -ule, -elle

Princeton's WordNet

  1. palace, castle(noun)

    a large and stately mansion

  2. castle(noun)

    a large building formerly occupied by a ruler and fortified against attack

  3. castle, rook(noun)

    (chess) the piece that can move any number of unoccupied squares in a direction parallel to the sides of the chessboard

  4. castle, castling(verb)

    interchanging the positions of the king and a rook

  5. castle(verb)

    move the king two squares toward a rook and in the same move the rook to the square next past the king

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. castle(noun)ˈkæs əl, ˈkɑ səl

    a large stone building where kings, noblemen, etc., lived in the past


  1. castle(Noun)

    A large building that is fortified and contains many defences; in previous ages often inhabited by a nobleman or king.

  2. castle(Noun)

    A chess piece shaped like a castle tower which is also called a rook.

  3. castle(Noun)

    A close helmet.

  4. castle(Verb)

    To perform the move of castling.

  5. castle(Verb)

    To bowl a batsman with a full-length ball or yorker such that the stumps are knocked over.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Castle(noun)

    a fortified residence, especially that of a prince or nobleman; a fortress

  2. Castle(noun)

    any strong, imposing, and stately mansion

  3. Castle(noun)

    a small tower, as on a ship, or an elephant's back

  4. Castle(noun)

    a piece, made to represent a castle, used in the game of chess; a rook

  5. Castle(verb)

    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


  1. Castle

    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.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'castle' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2134

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'castle' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4790

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'castle' in Nouns Frequency: #875

Anagrams of castle

  1. cleats, sclate

  2. Cleats

  3. Sclate

Translations for castle

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a large building strengthened against attack

the Norman castles of England and Wales; Windsor Castle.

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