Definition of moat in English:

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Pronunciation: /məʊt/


A deep, wide ditch surrounding a castle, fort, or town, typically filled with water and intended as a defence against attack.
Example sentences
  • Its present appearance, a picturesque ruin surrounded by a wide moat full of water lilies, masks its serious military purpose.
  • Besides a moat filled with rain water by way of the castle aqueducts, there were two walls, the lower outer and the higher inner.
  • It had a drawbridge that was not over a moat filled with water, but a chasm that seemed to go to the center of the Earth.


[with object] (often as adjective moated)
Surround (a place) with a moat: a moated castle
More example sentences
  • Thornham Hall was a perfect Tudor red brick moated hall with a classic straight and gated drive through the Park.
  • It took many years to restore this fine, moated 17th century château and its cellars.
  • He wondered if that moat would have the same effect on him as spring water or rain water would.


Late Middle English: from Old French mote 'mound'.

Words that rhyme with moat

afloat, bloat, boat, capote, coat, connote, cote, dote, emote, float, gloat, goat, groat, misquote, mote, note, oat, outvote, promote, quote, rote, shoat, smote, stoat, Succoth, table d'hôte, Terre Haute, throat, tote, vote, wrote

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