Spanish Cas·ti·lla,
[kahs-tee-lyah, -yah] /kɑsˈti lyɑ, -yɑ/ (Show IPA). a former kingdom comprising most of Spain.
Also called Castile soap. a variety of mild soap, made from olive oil and sodium hydroxide.
any hard soap made from fats and oils, often partly from olive oil.
Historical Examples

The conquest of the independence of Castile is related in the following manner.
The Pictureque Antiquities of Spain; Nathaniel Armstrong Wells

Castile isn’t the only part of Spain with castles, of course.
Getting to know Spain Dee Day

All expenses were to be borne and all profits received by the crown of Castile, saving the rights formerly guaranteed to Columbus.
The Discovery of America Vol. 1 (of 2) John Fiske.

Because Castile is in the very heart of Spain, the capital, Madrid, is located there.
Getting to know Spain Dee Day

In one of the towers, there is still a fine chime of bells, that came no doubt originally from Castile or Arragon.
Across America James F. Rusling

Ferdinand, King of Castile, seems to have been the principal aggressor.
Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 5 of 8 Various

He frequently lodged there in burly majesty, and entertained there the King of Castile, who was driven to England by a tempest.
Old and New London Walter Thornbury

The soap should be either Castile or a pure unscented glycerin.
The Complete Bachelor Walter Germain

He knew only a few words of Spanish after he had ruled Castile and Aragon for two years.
The Story of Seville Walter M. Gallichan

Go back to Castile, and take with you your bells, your images, and your missions.
Legends and Tales Bret Harte

a former kingdom comprising most of modern Spain: originally part of León, it became an independent kingdom in the 10th century and united with Aragon (1469), the first step in the formation of the Spanish state

medieval Spanish county and later kingdom, from Vulgar Latin castilla, from Latin castella, plural of castellum “castle, fort, citadel, stronghold” (see castle (n.)); so called in reference to the many fortified places there during the Moorish wars. The name in Spanish is said to date back to c.800. Related: Castilian. As a fine kind of soap, in English from 1610s.


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