- in ancient warfare, a tower for defense or attack; small fortress
- a prison
Origin of bastilleMiddle English bastile and amp; 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”).