Definition of citadel in English:


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


  • 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.
    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.


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

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