citadel

Definitions

  • Citadel To-day
    Citadel To-day
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n citadel a stronghold into which people could go for shelter during a battle
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Citadel in Winter Citadel in Winter
Entrance to the Citadel To-day Entrance to the Citadel To-day
St. Lawrence River from the Citadel St. Lawrence River from the Citadel
The Citadel saved by the cackling of the Geese The Citadel saved by the cackling of the Geese

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Citadel A fortress in or near a fortified city, commanding the city and fortifications, and intended as a final point of defense.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n citadel A fortress or castle in or near a city, intended to keep the inhabitants in subjection, or, in case of a siege, to form a final refuge and point of defense: frequently used figuratively.
    • n citadel Any strongly fortified post.
    • n citadel Synonyms See fortification.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Citadel sit′a-del a fortress in or near a city: the place where the guns are kept in an ironclad man-of-war.
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Quotations

  • John Keats
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    “It appears to me that almost any man may like the spider spin from his own inwards his own airy citadel.”
  • Edwin Markham
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    “I fear the vermin that shall undermineSenate and citadel and school and shrine.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. citadelle, It. citadella, di. of citt, city, fr. L. civitas,. See City
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It. cittadella, dim. of città, a city. See City.

Usage

In literature:

At four o'clock I resumed my journey, with the same escort, and on the 14th we arrived at the citadel of Port Louis, near Lorient.
"Hortense, Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
But they were merely the outworks of the citadel.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Behind the yawning breaches of the rampart an inner line of improvised defences had been erected, and the citadel was still intact.
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
After one or two rests on the way, the Battalion at length came to a halt on an open space under the massive west wall of the Citadel.
"The 28th: A Record of War Service in the Australian Imperial Force, 1915-19, Vol. I" by Herbert Brayley Collett
It seems that the citadel of Athens had been formerly surrounded by a wooden palisade.
"Xerxes" by Jacob Abbott
He entered Troy in the disguise of a wounded and ragged fugitive, and managed to steal the Palladium from the citadel.
"Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
These gentlemen repaired to the citadel in search of the promised safe conduct.
"World's War Events, Vol. I" by Various
We devoted the first sunny hours of the morning to a visit to the citadel and a walk around the crest of the hill.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 87, January, 1865" by Various
The Frauenburg, the citadel of Wuerzburg, held out for the princes, and the main army of the peasants still lay before its walls.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
He was imprisoned in the citadel of Montpellier, on the 30th October, 1698.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
They laid siege to the citadel held by a Turkish garrison.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Isaac, seeing how much stronger Richard was than he, did not attempt any serious resistance, but retired to the citadel.
"Richard I" by Jacob Abbott
Soon we entered Cambrai, an old, picturesque French town, and drew up at the entrance to the citadel, where a guard allowed us to enter.
"'Brother Bosch', an Airman's Escape from Germany" by Gerald Featherstone Knight
To him the citadel was a fresh addition to his power.
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
A gate was knocked in by the field-pieces, and the town and citadel were stormed in a few minutes.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
On entering the fortress, Isidore at once made his way through the town, and was then directed to the citadel.
"The King's Warrant" by Alfred H. Engelbach
For in this place there had existed a very citadel of being, and behold!
"The Doomsman" by Van Tassel Sutphen
The British Labor Movement is seeking to take this citadel from within.
"The American Empire" by Scott Nearing
The quarter extends to the strong moated citadel, which guards the harbour on the north-east.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 3" by Various
Woe to those who should attempt to make their way into the citadel by force!
"The Lion of Janina" by Mór Jókai
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In poetry:

Write his merits on your mind -
Morals pure and manners kind;
In his head, as on a hill,
Virtue placed her citadel.
"The Wake of William Orr" by William Drennan
I know not the way from your finger-tips,
Nor how I shall gain the higher lands,
The citadel of your sacred lips:
I am captive still of my pleasant bands,
The hands of a girl, and most your hands.
"Ad Manus Puellae" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
For when he felt the hour had come
He left his fair North Elba home
And with e'en less than a score of men,
Went forth, and in the very den
And citadel of Slavery
Unsheathed his sword for Liberty.
"The Triumph Of Liberty" by James Madison Bell
On ancient citadels perch carrion ravens,
Their dejected wings drooping - the symbols of lost hopes,
In despair do they croak of an age gone by
When the ancient citadels once gleamed with hallowed joy.
"Blasphemy" by Migjeni
On ancient citadels perch carrion ravens,
Their dejected wings drooping - the symbols of lost hopes,
In despair do they croak of an age gone by
When the ancient citadels once gleamed with hallowed joy.
"Blasphemy" by Millosh Gjergj Nikolla
The name has crumbled CASHEL that has come
From conqueror-challenging CASTELLUM
Walls m a name! No citadel is here,
Now as a fane the empty walls uprear
Where green and greener grass spreads far and near!
"At Cashel" by Padraic Colum

In news:

Ciarán Foy's " Citadel " envisions a towering UK housing project that must be destroyed to kill the inhuman creatures breeding within.
Samford's passing game shoots down Citadel 38-7.
State Guard will host a voluntary State Guard Readiness ruck-march Saturday with cadets from The Citadel .
Former Santorum, Romney Staffer Accused of Same-Sex Sexual Misconduct at Citadel .
Steven Munoz, a 23-year-old Citadel grad who has worked on Rick Santorum's presidential campaign, has been charged with unwanted sexual misconduct.
2 of 3 counts dismissed in lawsuit against Citadel president.
Snelling, a citadel on a Minnesota bluff.
Citadel on a Minnesota bluff.
The Citadel jumped on Appalachian State early, scoring 38 points in the first half en route to a 52-28 victory on Saturday.
The Citadel moves to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the Southern Conference for the first time since its championship season of 1992.
The Citadel seeking second major upset in a row.
GSU to use Citadel loss as motivation.
The Citadel 's Thomas Warren kicked the game-winning field goal from 37 yards with 35 seconds left to edge Georgia Southern 23-21 on Saturday night.
The Citadel (2-0) had lost nine consecutive Southern Conference home games since a 28-16 victory over Samford in 2009.
MILES Debuts at Exercise Citadel Protect.
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