- in ancient warfare, a tower for defense or attack; small fortress
- a prison
Origin of bastilleMiddle English bastile and French bastille, both from Old French bastille, altered from bastide from bastida from feminine past participle of bastir, build, origin, originally , make with bast: see baste
a state prison in Paris that was stormed and destroyed (1789) in the French Revolution: its destruction is commemorated on Bastille Day, July 14
A prison; a jail.
Origin of bastilleFrench from Old French fortress alteration of bastide from Old Provençal bastida from bastir to build of Germanic origin
- bile salt, listable
From Middle French bastille, from Late Latin bastilia, plural of bastile, from bastire (“to build”).