Definition of motte-and-bailey in English:

motte-and-bailey

adjective

  • Denoting a castle consisting of a fort on a motte surrounded by a bailey.

    • ‘Content is limited but there are nice touches: you can explore wonderful 3-D images of old structures, including a Norman motte-and-bailey castle, a siege tower and a reconstruction of Bodiam Castle.’
    • ‘This shows up if measured by the spread of characteristically Norman motte-and-bailey (mound and enclosure) castles - generally timber-built until the fourteenth century.’
    • ‘Furnival was, however, not the castle's founder - for it was originally built around 1100 as an earthwork motte-and-bailey fortress by a Norman knight called William de Lovetot.’
    • ‘Earth and timber fortifications were hastily erected, whether in motte-and-bailey or in ringwork form, in new areas during the eleventh and twelfth centuries.’