Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A region and former kingdom of central and northern Spain. Autonomous from the tenth century, it joined with Aragon in 1479 after the marriage of Isabella and Ferdinand (1469), thus forming the nucleus of modern Spain.

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  • proper n. A medieval kingdom (or county) in the Iberian Peninsula.
  • proper n. A vaguely defined region of central Spain.

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  • n. a region of central Spain; a former kingdom that comprised most of modern Spain and united with Aragon to form Spain in 1479

Etymologies

Supposedly from the many castles constructed in the region. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Spain? bear habitatAction: Stop the creation of a ski resort that threatens critical bear habitat in Castile and León

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  • Back in Castile, Beatriz's father, Lorenzo Martínez de Carvalar, wants to join his daughter and her family in New Spain, but, in a separate letter, his son-in-law warns him that he must be realistic about the toll the journey will take on him and his family if they come:

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  • Garcia, king of Leon, began a rapid expansion of his domain to the east (construction of numerous castles, hence the name Castile).

    3. Christian Spain, Castile and Leon

  • The origin of the name Castile is a matter of dispute, but it is more than probably derived from the fortified castles (castillos), built first by the Romans to protect themselves from the Cantabrians whom they had not completely subjugated, and afterwards by the Christians to defend the northern regions which they had conquered from the

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Brownson-Clairvaux

  • Olive oil soap or more popularly known as the Castile soap can heal wounds and is highly beneficial for those possessing sensitive skin or inflamed skin.

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  • Just thinking about medieval Castile, which is the historical period and location I know best, Among the Visigoths adulterium (illicit sexual intercourse of many kinds) and stuprum (usually fornication with an unmarried woman or widow) were most serious matters and, while illegal sexual relations were an implicit danger in the grave offence of abduction, kidnapping for the purpose of matrimony was the pernicious offence in raptus.

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  • It wouldn't be a stretch to call Castile and Okolski, who train at the Arctic Figure Skating Club in Canton, the hard-luck team of the pairs competition when nationals kicks off its 10-day run today at the Spokane Arena in Washington.

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  • "_Lather_" with soft water and good soap, such as Castile, or any other good hard soap, as a barber would for shaving, and apply that to the affected part with a soft shaving brush; apply it as carefully as possible, so as to cover every part of the surface, and go over it several times, letting the former coat dry a little before applying another, forming a thick crust impervious to the air.

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  • Balboa, in discovering the Pacific, did so according to the Spanish custom of discovery, viz., by wading into it with his naked sword in one hand and the banner of Castile, sometimes called Castile's hope (see

    Comic History of the United States

  • "Castile"), who devotes a long note (H) to a somewhat mischievous apology for the king's apparent profanity.

    The Works of Lord Byron. Vol. 4

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