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BASTILLE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Bastille mean? 

BASTILLE (noun)
  The noun BASTILLE has 2 senses:

1. a fortress built in Paris in the 14th century and used as a prison in the 17th and 18th centuries; it was destroyed July 14, 1789 at the start of the French Revolution
2. a jail or prison (especially one that is run in a tyrannical manner)

  Familiarity information: BASTILLE used as a noun is rare.


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BASTILLE (noun)


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Meaning:

A fortress built in Paris in the 14th century and used as a prison in the 17th and 18th centuries; it was destroyed July 14, 1789 at the start of the French Revolution

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Instance hypernyms:

fort; fortress (a fortified defensive structure)

Domain region:

France; French Republic (a republic in western Europe; the largest country wholly in Europe)

Holonyms ("Bastille" is a part of...):

capital of France; City of Light; French capital; Paris (the capital and largest city of France; and international center of culture and commerce)


Sense 2bastille [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A jail or prison (especially one that is run in a tyrannical manner)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("bastille" is a kind of...):

clink; gaol; jail; jailhouse; pokey; poky; slammer (a correctional institution used to detain persons who are in the lawful custody of the government (either accused persons awaiting trial or convicted persons serving a sentence))

prison; prison house (a correctional institution where persons are confined while on trial or for punishment)


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