Meaning of Bastille in English:


Pronunciation /baˈstiːl/

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proper noun

  • A fortress in Paris built in the 14th century and used in the 17th–18th centuries as a state prison. Its storming by the mob on 14 July 1789 marked the start of the French Revolution.


Via Old French from Provençal bastida, from bastir ‘build’.