Definition Of moat


a deep, wide ditch surrounding a castle, fort, or town, typically filled with water and intended as a defense against attack.

Its present appearance, a picturesque ruin surrounded by a wide moat full of water lilies, masks its serious military purpose.

surround (a place) with a moat.

a moated castle

Example Of moat

  • A moat of icy water separates them from civilisation.

  • A moated palace was built at Eltham which became a favourite home of Plantagenet monarchs during the 14th and 15th centuries.

  • Also includes the site of the moated palace of King Edwin and Queen Ethelburga.

  • An opportunity to try out grand family living in a moated farmhouse

  • Archers were posted on the walls of the castle, easily able to pick off any enemies that wanted to try their luck at crossing the wide moat .

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