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Definitions of bastille

  1. a jail (literally, a French jail) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. An old fortress in Paris long used as a state prison, and demolished in 1789. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  3. An old castle in Paris, long used as a state prison and demolished by the enraged populace in 1789. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  4. bast-[=e]l', n. an old fortress in Paris long used as a stale prison, and demolished by a revolutionary mob in July 1789: any prison regarded as a symbol of tyranny. [Fr.--O. Fr. bastir (Fr. bâtir), to build.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  5. Fortress; Paris prison fortress destroyed 1789; prison. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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