One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(in southern France) a country house.
- ‘‘My dream is to buy a domaine in France,’ he says, sipping claret at his favourite table in London's L' Estaminet restaurant. ‘There are a few places near my home, old bastides and châteaux, that would be ideal.’’
- ‘Cordes-sur-Ciel, the first bastide, sits on the top of a mountain and is, thus, aptly named.’
- ‘We love the peaceful, unspoilt, wooded countryside with its lovely hamlets and historic bastides.’
- ‘The bastides and fortified churches constitute the distinguishing hallmarks of the southwest.’
- ‘There are numerous bastides in France dating from this general period.’
- 1.1historical A fortified village or town in France.
- ‘The Hundred Years' War rattled through the bastides (medieval new towns) when the region was frontier territory between English and French.’
- ‘Centuries before the development of Manhattan, the bastides shared the novel grid pattern of streets originated by Count Raymond VII of Toulouse in the 1220s to permit the easy movement of men and weapons from one end of town to another.’
- ‘People at the time were encouraged to go to newly founded towns, called bastides, most of which were planned around a central covered market area.’
- ‘Friday night is the time to visit this bastide town, when stalls sell fresh produce and restaurants serve everyone together on long tables in the street.’
- ‘The bastide, or castle town, although not large, is still significant to political and administrative life.’
Early 16th century: via Old French from Provençal bastida.
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