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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 ?
Nicholas, Murat halted to await news from the advanced detachment as to the condition in which they had found the citadel, le Kremlin.
Away off, across the undulating Plain of Attica, could be seen a little square-topped hill with a something on it, which our glasses soon discovered to be the ruined edifices of the citadel of the Athenians, and most prominent among them loomed the venerable Parthenon.
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.
The manoeuvres of half a dozen regiments were to be inspected by the eagle eye of the commander-in-chief; temporary fortifications had been erected, the citadel was to be attacked and taken, and a mine was to be sprung.