Part of speech: noun
Origin: French, mid 16th century
A fortress, typically on high ground, protecting or dominating a city.
Examples of Citadel in a sentence
"The soldiers prepared to fall back to the citadel before dark."
"The king ordered the construction of a moat to further secure the citadel."
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The French word “citadelle” and the Italian word “cittadella” are both derived from the Latin word “civitas” (city).
Did you Know?
The Acropolis of Athens (Greece), the Rock of Gibraltar (located in/near Spain), and Dover Castle (England) are citadels, or fortresses built in strategic defensive locations to protect a city. The citadels were used by different cultures, depending on who was currently in power.