General English


  • noun the wicket that a batsman is defending
    Citation ‘Milton and Graveney carried the score to 91 before Milton very unluckily touched his own castle in playing back a little hurriedly at a ball well up to him’ (Peebles 1959)
  • verb to bowl a batsman out
    Citation ‘There I stood, castled for the second time in the match’ (Ken Mackay quoted in Geoff Armstrong, A century of Summers: 100 years of Sheffield Shield Cricket)
    Citation ‘Though Australia lost an early wicket when Mike Salter was castled by Vaas, there was no sign of panic’ (Vijay Lokapally, Sportstar [Chennai] 30 April 1994)

Origin & History of “castle”

Castle was one of the first words borrowed by the English from their Norman conquerors: it is mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon chronicle only nine years after the battle of Hastings. It comes via Anglo-Norman castel from Latin castellum, a diminutive form of castrum ‘fort’ (which was acquired by Old English as ceaster, and now appears in English place-names as -caster or -chester). The Old French version of castel, chastel, produced modern French château, and also its derivative châtelaine, borrowed into English in the 19th century.