A bombproof chamber, usually of masonry, in which cannon may be placed, to be fired through embrasures; or one capable of being used as a magazine, or for quartering troops.
Other Word Forms of Casemate
Origin of Casemate
French from Italian casamatta perhaps casa house (from Latin casa) matto mad, crazy (from Latin mattus drunk) (past participle of madēre to be drunk)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
French casemate, from Italian casamatta, probably from casa house + matto, from matta, mad, weak, feeble, diminutive from the same source as English mate in checkmate.
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