Definition of bastide in English:

bastide

Line breaks: bas|tide
Pronunciation: /baˈstiːd
 
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noun

  • 1(In southern France) a country house.
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    • ‘My dream is to buy a domaine in France,’ he says, sipping claret at his favourite table in London's L' Estaminet restaurant. ‘There are a few places near my home, old bastides and châteaux, that would be ideal.’
    • There are numerous bastides in France dating from this general period.
    • We love the peaceful, unspoilt, wooded countryside with its lovely hamlets and historic bastides.
  • 1.1 historical A fortified village or town in France.
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    • The Hundred Years' War rattled through the bastides (medieval new towns) when the region was frontier territory between English and French.
    • People at the time were encouraged to go to newly founded towns, called bastides, most of which were planned around a central covered market area.
    • The bastide, or castle town, although not large, is still significant to political and administrative life.

Origin

early 16th century: via Old French from Provençal bastida.

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