Definition of citadel in English:

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citadel

Pronunciation: /ˈsidədl/
/ˈsidəˌdel/

noun

A fortress, typically on high ground, protecting or dominating a city.
Example sentences
  • 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
archaic hold

Origin

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

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