- The definition of a citadel is a place where people go for safety or to defend.
A medieval castle is an example of a citadel.
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- a fortress on a commanding height for defense of a city
- a fortified place; stronghold
- a place of safety; refuge
Origin: ; from Italian cittadella, diminutive of cittade, city ; from Classical Latin civitas, citizenship: see city
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- A fortress in a commanding position in or near a city.
- A stronghold or fortified place; a bulwark.
Origin: French citadelle, from Italian cittadella, diminutive of città, city, from Latin cīvitās; see city.