|Bastille (bæˈstiːl, French bastij)|
|a fortress in Paris, built in the 14th century: a prison until its destruction in 1789, at the beginning of the French Revolution|
|[C14: from Old French bastile fortress, from Old Provençal bastida, from bastir to build, of Germanic origin; see |
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.