49. Citadel

 Citadel

(letters – 7 | syllables – 3)
(scrabble score – 10)

  1. |noun| a stronghold into which people could go for shelter during a battle.

|anagram| ‘dialect’

|synonyms|
bastion, kremlin

(Wolfram Alpha)

  1. |noun| castle or fort that in past times was used to protect the people of a city if the city was attacked.
  2. |noun| a fortress that commands a city

(Merriam-Webster)

  1. |noun| A fortress, typically one on high ground above a city.
  2. |noun| a meeting hall of the Salvation Army.

(Oxford Dictionaries)

“The term is a diminutive of “city” and thus means “little city”, so called because it is a smaller part of the city of which it is the defensive core.”

“Also: The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, commonly referred to simply as The Citadel, is a state-supported, comprehensive college located in Charleston, South Carolina, United States.”
(Wikipedia)

Derivative:
Citadelled
: Having the form of or resembling a citadel; housed in or as if in a citadel; having a citadel or citadels.
Origin
Mid 19th century.

Origin and Etymology of ‘Citadel’ :

1580s, “fortress commanding a city,” from Middle French citadelle (15c.), from Italian cittadella, diminutive of Old Italian cittade “city” (Modern Italian citta), from Latin civitatem (nominative civitas; also source of Portuguese citadella, Spanish ciuadela; see city).(Etymonline)

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