Definition of citadel in English:

citadel

Line breaks: cita|del
Pronunciation: /ˈsɪtəd(ə)l
 
, -dɛl/

noun

  • 1A fortress, typically one on high ground above a city: the garrison withdrew into the citadel figurative citadels of private economic power
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    • Peter's army stormed the citadel and sacked the city, killing several thousand inhabitants and local Byzantine troops.
    • Each city was laid out on a grid plan with a high citadel and a lower city of domestic dwellings.
    • Victory eluded the British for three months, until Wolfe successfully landed men on the Plains of Abraham above the citadel.
    Synonyms
    fortress, fort, stronghold, fortification, castle, burg, keep, tower, donjon, bunker; fastness; in Spain alcazar
    archaic hold
  • 2A meeting hall of the Salvation Army.
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    • The court was told that he had gained the trust when he served at Salvation Army citadels.
    • Presumably, it was meant to honour the Salvation Army citadel that stood there until the 1990s.
    • The regional headquarters have already shifted to another neighbourhood and the decision was finally taken two years ago to sell off the citadel so that a new facility could be built.

Origin

mid 16th century: from French citadelle, or from Italian cittadella, based on Latin civitas 'city' (see city).

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