- the encirclement of a fortified place by an opposing armed force intending to take it, usually by blockade and bombardment
- any persistent attempt to gain control, overcome opposition, etc.
- a long, distressing or wearying period: a siege of illness
Origin of siegeME sege < OFr < VL *sedicum < *sedicare, to set < L sedere, to sitObs. a seat; throne
Origin of siegeMiddle English sege from Old French siege, aphetic from an unverified form assiege from Vulgar Latin an unverified form absedium, for Classical Latin obsidium, siege, blockade, ambush from obsidere, to besiege from ob-, against + sedere, to sit
transitive verbsieged, sieg′ing
lay siege to