What does castle mean?

Definitions for castle
ˈkæs əl, ˈkɑ səlcas·tle

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word castle.

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

Wiktionary

  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

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Castle

    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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. castle

    A place strong by art or nature, or by both. A sort of little citadel. (See FORECASTLE, AFT-CASTLE, &c.)

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. castle

    A name given to a building constructed as a dwelling, as well as for the purpose of repelling attack. The name is especially given to buildings of this kind constructed in Europe in the Middle Ages, and which were generally surrounded by a moat, foss, or ditch.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Castle

    An inn sign denoting a wine-house, from the castle in the arms of Spain.

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 for castle »

  1. cleats, sclate

  2. Cleats

  3. Sclate

How to pronounce castle?

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How to say castle in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of castle in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of castle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of castle in a Sentence

  1. Nicholas Saunders:

    Identities were complex in the medieval period, and the story of Borkovský and the Prague Castle warrior grave reminds us that the identities of such past people frequently fuel modern political conflicts.

  2. Buckingham Palace:

    The couple are delighted to announce an opportunity for 1,200 people from across the United Kingdom to be invited into the grounds of Windsor Castle to share the experience of their special day, the attendees will view the arrival of the congregation and Members of the Royal Family, listen to a live broadcast of the Marriage Service and watch as the Bride and Groom depart St. George’s Chapel at the end of the ceremony. The newly married couple will then undertake a short carriage procession through part of Windsor High Street. The carriage will process through the grounds of Windsor Castle, departing via Castle Hill to proceed along part of the High Street before returning to the Castle via Cambridge Gate.

  3. The Queen:

    It reminds me of the very first broadcast I made, in 1940, helped by my sister. We, as children, spoke from here at Windsor Castle to children who had been evacuated from their homes and sent away for their own safety.

  4. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    All cultures have things to learn from all other cultures. Don’t get stuck in your culture! Go beyond it! Get out of your aquarium; get out of your farm; get out of your castle; break your bell jar! Give chance to other cultures and to other opinions! This is the best way for you to see the insufficiencies, absurdities and stupidities in your culture!

  5. Kathleen Sebelius:

    The Senate has the keys to the castle right now, the Senate could actually pass a bill that gives Americans some confidence that they would have economic support, get the extra $ 600 in unemployment benefits running again, make sure that people understand that they could feed their kids and pay their rent if we have in some areas of the country to restrict activities. And they have the ability to step up to their president and say,' Kathleen Sebelius need to act differently, Kathleen Sebelius must acknowledge the election and conduct a smooth transition,'.

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