citadel


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cit·a·del

 (sĭt′ə-dəl, -dĕl′)
n.
1. A fortress in a commanding position in or near a city.
2. A stronghold or fortified place; a bulwark.

[French citadelle, from Italian cittadella, diminutive of città, city, from Latin cīvitās; see city.]

citadel

(ˈsɪtədəl; -ˌdɛl)
n
1. (Fortifications) a stronghold within or close to a city
2. any strongly fortified building or place of safety; refuge
3. (Military) a specially strengthened part of the hull of a warship
4. (Christian Churches, other) (often capital) the headquarters of the Salvation Army
[C16: from Old French citadelle, from Old Italian cittadella a little city, from cittade city, from Latin cīvitās]

cit•a•del

(ˈsɪt ə dl, -əˌdɛl)

n.
1. a fortress for commanding or defending a city.
2. any strongly fortified place; stronghold.
[1580–90; < Middle French citadelle < early Italian cittadella=cittad(e) city + -ella -elle]

Citadel

 a fortress; mole burrows at different levels; used figuratively.
Examples: citadel of mole burrows; of smuggling, 1774; of superstition, 1826.

citadel

A fortified place attached to, or within, a city.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.citadel - a stronghold into which people could go for shelter during a battlecitadel - a stronghold into which people could go for shelter during a battle
acropolis - the citadel in ancient Greek towns
kremlin - citadel of a Russian town
stronghold, fastness - a strongly fortified defensive structure

citadel

noun fortress, keep, tower, stronghold, bastion, fortification, fastness The citadel at Besançon towered above the river.
Translations
قَلْعَه، مَعْقِل
citadelapevnost
citadelkastel
linnakelinnoitus
citadella
borgarvirki
citadelė
citadele
citadela

citadel

[ˈsɪtədl] Nciudadela f; (in Spain, freq) → alcázar m (fig) → reducto m

citadel

[ˈsɪtədəl ˈsɪtədɛl] n
(= fortress) → citadelle f
(= bastion) [culture, commerce] → citadelle f

citadel

nZitadelle f

citadel

[ˈsɪtədl] ncittadella

citadel

(ˈsitədl) noun
a fortress, especially in or near a city.
References in classic literature ?
It may be watched and guarded, so that the enemy shall not force his way again into the citadel, and might even in his subsequent assaults, select some other avenue, in preference to that where he had formerly succeeded.
The brain is at least twenty feet from his apparent forehead in life; it is hidden away behind its vast outworks, like the innermost citadel within the amplified fortifications of Quebec.
Every time she retired to her citadel of dreams she came forth radiant and refreshed, as one who has seen the evening star, or heard sweet music, or smelled the rose of joy.
As I was the nearest, and by consequence the most exposed, an order was immediately issued out for apprehending me, it being thought a good expedient to seize me, and force me to build a citadel, into which they might retreat if they should happen to meet with a defeat.
2] And it proves, in the last place, that as liberty can have nothing to fear from the judiciary alone, but would have every thing to fear from its union with either of the other departments; that as all the effects of such a union must ensue from a dependence of the former on the latter, notwithstanding a nominal and apparent separation; that as, from the natural feebleness of the judiciary, it is in continual jeopardy of being overpowered, awed, or influenced by its co-ordinate branches; and that as nothing can contribute so much to its firmness and independence as permanency in office, this quality may therefore be justly regarded as an indispensable ingredient in its constitution, and, in a great measure, as the citadel of the public justice and the public security.
With that he blew out his candle, put on a greatcoat, and set forth in the direction of Cavendish Square, that citadel of medicine, where his friend, the great Dr.
Here, at least, was a citadel impregnable by right-hand defections or left-hand extremes.
The Duke of Buckingham and his English, masters of the Isle of Re, continued to besiege, but without success, the citadel St.
Nothing will give greater pleasure to all your old friends; and I know one down there behind the Saint Nicolas citadel who will not be sorry to hear it.
He lashed the horses on and they flew forward nothing loth into the open country, leaving the high citadel of Pylos behind them.
Your sentiments are perfectly noble, monsieur," said the directress, affecting to suppress a yawn; her sprightliness was now extinct, her temporary candour shut up; the little, red-coloured, piratical-looking pennon of audacity she had allowed to float a minute in the air, was furled, and the broad, sober-hued flag of dissimulation again hung low over the citadel.
The winter seems to retreat to the fast nesses of the hills, as to the citadel of its dominion, and is only expelled after a tedious siege, in which either party, at times, would seem to be gaining the victory.