Definition of motte in English:


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Pronunciation: /mɒt


A mound forming the site of a castle or camp.
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  • Modern steps curve up the side of the motte (the castle mound), one of the largest in the country.
  • The Norman castle motte known as Twt Hill probably overlies the site of the palace constructed by Llywelyn ap Seisyll in 1015.
  • That Edward's fortress incorporated the motte of an earlier Norman castle indicates that here castle-building actually signified a re-conquest of territory.


late 19th century: from French, 'mound', from Old French mote (see moat).

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