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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [sit-uh-dl, -uh-del]
    • /ˈsɪt ə dl, -əˌdɛl/
    • /ˈsɪt.ə.del/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [sit-uh-dl, -uh-del]
    • /ˈsɪt ə dl, -əˌdɛl/

Definitions of citadel word

  • countable noun citadel In the past, a citadel was a strong building in or near a city, where people could shelter for safety. 3
  • countable noun citadel If you describe a system or organization as a citadel of a particular way of life, usually one you disapprove of, you mean that it is powerful and effective in defending that way of life. 3
  • noun citadel a stronghold within or close to a city 3
  • noun citadel any strongly fortified building or place of safety; refuge 3
  • noun citadel a specially strengthened part of the hull of a warship 3
  • noun citadel the headquarters of the Salvation Army 3

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Origin of citadel

First appearance:

before 1580
One of the 35% oldest English words
1580-90; < Middle French citadelle < Old Italian cittadella, equivalent to cittad(e) city + -ella -elle

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Parts of speech for Citadel


citadel popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 88% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for citadel

noun citadel

  • fortification — the act of fortifying or strengthening.
  • bastion — If a system or organization is described as a bastion of a particular way of life, it is seen as being important and effective in defending that way of life. Bastion can be used both when you think that this way of life should be ended and when you think it should be defended.
  • fortress — a large fortified place; a fort or group of forts, often including a town; citadel.
  • stronghold — a well-fortified place; fortress.
  • manor — (in England) a landed estate or territorial unit, originally of the nature of a feudal lordship, consisting of a lord's demesne and of lands within which he has the right to exercise certain privileges, exact certain fees, etc.

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