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A prison; a jail.
[French, from Old French, fortress, alteration of bastide, from Old Provençal bastida, from bastir, to build, of Germanic origin.]
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Bastille(bæˈstiːl; French bastij)
(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]
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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]
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A royal prison in Paris used exclusively for state prisoners.
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|Noun||1.||Bastille - 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|
|2.||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)
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