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bas·tille

 (bă-stēl′)
n.
A prison; a jail.

[French, from Old French, fortress, alteration of bastide, from Old Provençal bastida, from bastir, to build, of Germanic origin.]

Bastille

(bæˈstiːl; French bastij)
n
(Placename) a fortress in Paris, built in the 14th century: a prison until its destruction in 1789, at the beginning of the French Revolution
[C14: from Old French bastile fortress, from Old Provençal bastida, from bastir to build, of Germanic origin; see baste1]

bas•tille

or bas•tile

(bæˈstil)

n.
1. (cap.) a fortress in Paris, used as a prison, captured by revolutionaries on July 14, 1789.
2. any prison or jail.
[1350–1400; Middle English bastile < Middle French]

Bastille

A royal prison in Paris used exclusively for state prisoners.
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Noun1.Bastille - a fortress built in Paris in the 14th century and used as a prison in the 17th and 18th centuriesBastille - a fortress built in Paris in the 14th century and used as a prison in the 17th and 18th centuries; it was destroyed July 14, 1789 at the start of the French Revolution
France, French Republic - a republic in western Europe; the largest country wholly in Europe
capital of France, City of Light, French capital, Paris - the capital and largest city of France; and international center of culture and commerce
2.Bastille - a jail or prison (especially one that is run in a tyrannical manner)bastille - a jail or prison (especially one that is run in a tyrannical manner)
gaol, jail, jailhouse, pokey, poky, slammer, clink - a correctional institution used to detain persons who are in the lawful custody of the government (either accused persons awaiting trial or convicted persons serving a sentence)
prison, prison house - a correctional institution where persons are confined while on trial or for punishment