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

  • n. A lodge at the entrance to the driveway of an estate.
  • n. A fortified structure built over the gateway to a city or castle.
  • n. A building that houses the controls of a dam or canal lock.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A lodge besides the entrance to an estate; often the residence of a gatekeeper; also a dwelling formerly used as such a residence.
  • n. A fortified room over the entrance to a castle or over the gate in a city wall
  • n. A shelter for a gatekeeper.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A house connected or associated with a gate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A house at a gate.
  • n. A small house or lodge used by a person who attends the gate at a level crossing on a railroad.
  • n. A house erected over the gate of a reservoir for regulating the flow of water.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a house built at a gateway; usually the gatekeeper's residence


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  • In castle architecture, a strong multi-storeyed structure containing a fortified gate.

    August 25, 2008