[kas-uh l, kah-suh l] /ˈkæs əl, ˈkɑ səl/
Irene (Foote) 1893–1969, born in the U.S., and her husband and partner Vernon, (Vernon Castle Blythe), 1887–1918, born in England, U.S. ballroom dancers.
a fortified building or set of buildings, usually permanently garrisoned, as in medieval Europe
any fortified place or structure
a large magnificent house, esp when the present or former home of a nobleman or prince
the citadel and strongest part of the fortifications of a medieval town
(chess) another name for rook2
(chess) to move (the king) two squares laterally on the first rank and place the nearest rook on the square passed over by the king, either towards the king’s side (castling short) or the queen’s side (castling long)
late Old English castel “village” (this sense from a biblical usage in Vulgar Latin); later “large fortified building, stronghold,” in this sense from Old North French castel (Old French chastel, 12c.; Modern French château), from Latin castellum “a castle, fort, citadel, stronghold; fortified village,” diminutive of castrum “fort,” from Proto-Italic *kastro- “part, share;” cognate with Old Irish cather, Welsh caer “town” (and perhaps related to castrare via notion of “cut off;” see caste). In early bibles, castle was used to translate Greek kome “village.”
This word also had come to Old English as ceaster and formed the -caster and -chester in place names. Spanish alcazar “castle” is from Arabic al-qasr, from Latin castrum. Castles in Spain translates 14c. French chastel en Espaigne (the imaginary castles sometimes stood in Brie, Asia, or Albania) and probably reflects the hopes of landless knights to establish themselves abroad. The statement that an (English) man’s home is his castle is from 16c.
move in chess, recorded under this name from 1650s, from castle (n.), as an old alternative name for the rook, one of the pieces moved. Related: Castled; castling.
a military fortress (1 Chr. 11:7), also probably a kind of tower used by the priests for making known anything discovered at a distance (1 Chr. 6:54). Castles are also mentioned (Gen. 25:16) as a kind of watch-tower, from which shepherds kept watch over their flocks by night. The “castle” into which the chief captain commanded Paul to be brought was the quarters of the Roman soldiers in the fortress of Antonia (so called by Herod after his patron Mark Antony), which was close to the north-west corner of the temple (Acts 21:34), which it commanded.
[ahy-ren-ik, ahy-ree-nik] /aɪˈrɛn ɪk, aɪˈri nɪk/ adjective 1. tending to promote peace or reconciliation; peaceful or conciliatory. /aɪˈriːnɪk; -ˈrɛn-/ adjective 1. tending to conciliate or promote peace adj. 1864; see eirenic.
/aɪˈriːnɪˌkɒn/ noun 1. a variant spelling of eirenicon
[ahy-ren-iks, ahy-ree-niks] /aɪˈrɛn ɪks, aɪˈri nɪks/ noun, (used with a singular verb) 1. the branch of theology dealing with the promotion of peace and conciliation among Christian churches. Compare (def 2). /aɪˈriːnɪks; -ˈrɛn-/ noun 1. (functioning as sing) that branch of theology that is concerned with unity between Christian sects and denominations
[ahyuh r] /aɪər/ noun 1. intense anger; wrath. /aɪə/ noun 1. (literary) anger; wrath n. c.1300, from Old French ire “anger, wrath, violence” (11c.), from Latin ira “anger, wrath, rage, passion,” from PIE root *eis-, forming various words denoting “passion” cf. Greek hieros “filled with the divine, holy,” oistros “gadfly,” originally “thing causing madness;” Sanskrit […]