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ˈsɪt ə dl, -əˌdɛlcitadel

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bastion, citadel(noun)

    a stronghold into which people could go for shelter during a battle


  1. citadel(Noun)

    A strong fortress that sits high above a city.

    Etymology: From citadelle, from cittadella, diminutive of città, from civitas.

  2. citadel(Noun)

    A stronghold or fortified place.

    Etymology: From citadelle, from cittadella, diminutive of città, from civitas.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Citadel(noun)

    a fortress in or near a fortified city, commanding the city and fortifications, and intended as a final point of defense

    Etymology: [F. citadelle, It. citadella, di. of citt city, fr. L. civitas. See City.]


  1. Citadel

    A citadel is a fortress protecting a town, sometimes incorporating a castle. The term derives from the same Latin root as the word "city", civis, meaning citizen. In a fortification with bastions, the citadel is the strongest part of the system, sometimes well inside the outer walls and bastions, but often forming part of the outer wall for the sake of economy. It is positioned to be the last line of defence should the enemy breach the other components of the fortification system. A citadel is also a term of the third part of a medieval castle, with higher walls than the rest. It was to be the last line of defence before the keep itself. In various countries, the citadels gained a specific name such as "Kremlin" in Russia or "Alcazaba" in the Iberian Peninsula. In European cities, the term "Citadel" and "City Castle" are often used interchangeably. The term "tower" is also used in some cases such as the Tower of London and Jerusalem's Tower of David. However, the Haitian citadel, which is the largest citadel in the Western Hemisphere, is called Citadelle Laferrière or simply the 'Citadel' in English.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Citadel

    sit′a-del, n. a fortress in or near a city: the place where the guns are kept in an ironclad man-of-war. [It. cittadella, dim. of città, a city. See City.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. citadel

    A fortified work of superior strength, and dominating everything else, generally separated therefrom by an open space of glacis or esplanade; often useful against domestic as well as foreign enemies.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. citadel

    A fort of 4 or 5 bastions in or near a town. It serves two purposes, enabling the garrison of a town to keep the inhabitants in subjection, and in case of siege forming a place of retreat for the defenders, thus enabling them to hold out after the rest of the town has been captured. It must fully command the fortifications of the city, and have a large space around it clear of buildings.

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  1. deltaic, dialect, edictal, lactide

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of citadel in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of citadel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of citadel in a Sentence

  1. John Keats:

    It appears to me that almost any man may like the spider spin from his own inwards his own airy citadel.

  2. Archibald MacLeish:

    Once you permit those who are convinced of their own superior rightness to censor and silence and suppress those who hold contrary opinions, just at that moment the citadel has been surrendered. For the American citadel is a man. Not man in general. Not man in the abstract. Not the majority of men. But man. That man. His worth. His uniqueness.

  3. Terry Pratchett, Eric:

    The consensus seemed to be that if really large numbers of men were sent to storm the mountain, then enough might survive the rocks to take the citadel. This is essentially the basis of all military thinking.

  4. Peter Kelly:

    Unless you're Goldman Sachs, Citadel, a big fund that trades big volume, CME doesn't care.

  5. Demades:

    Modesty is the citadel of beauty.

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