Yours, Etc.: Origins and Uses of 8 Sign-Offs
A prison in Paris where many political and other offenders were held and tortured until the time of the French Revolution. It was attacked by workers on July 14, 1789, during the revolution; the prisoners were released, and the building was later demolished.
Note: The anniversary of the attack, Bastille Day, is the most important national holiday in France.
A jail or prison
[1880s+; fr the former French royal prison]