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Idealism is like a castle in the air if it is not based on a solid foundation of social and political realism.
Claude McKay

Meaning of "castle in the air" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF CASTLE IN THE AIR

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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF CASTLE IN THE AIR

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preposition
conjunction
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exclamation
Castle in the air is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES CASTLE IN THE AIR MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Castle in the Air

Castle in the Air may refer to: ▪ Castle in the Air, a 1990 young adult fantasy novel by Diana Wynne Jones ▪ Castle in the Air, a 1952 British comedy film ▪ In the children's book The Phantom Tollbooth the Castle in the air is where the princesses of Rhyme and Reason were banished.

Definition of castle in the air in the English dictionary

The definition of castle in the air in the dictionary is a hope or desire unlikely to be realized; daydream.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE CASTLE IN THE AIR

casting
casting couch
casting director
casting vote
castle
Castle Howard
castle in Spain
castle nut
Castlebar
castled
Castleford
Castlereagh
castling
Castner
Castner process
castock
castor
Castor and Pollux
castor bean
castor oil

WORDS THAT END LIKE CASTLE IN THE AIR

a breath of fresh air
clear the air
compressed air
fresh air
give someone the air
hot air
in the air
into thin air
light air
lighter than air
off air
off the air
on the air
open air
out of thin air
sea air
take the air
up in the air
walk on air
with one´s nose in the air

Synonyms and antonyms of castle in the air in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «castle in the air» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF CASTLE IN THE AIR

Find out the translation of castle in the air to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of castle in the air from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «castle in the air» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

空中楼阁
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

castillo en el aire
570 millions of speakers

English

castle in the air
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

हवा में महल
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

القلعة في الهواء
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

Замок в воздухе
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

castelo no ar
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

বায়ু দুর্গ
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

château dans l´air
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Istana di udara
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Luftschloss
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

空気中の城
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

공중에 성
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Bèntèng ing udhara
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

lâu đài trong không khí
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

காட்டில் கோட்டை
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

हवेत किल्लेवजा वाडा
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Havada kal
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

castello in aria
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

Zamek w powietrzu
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

Замок в повітрі
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

castel în aer
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

κάστρο στον αέρα
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

kasteel in die lug
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

luftslott
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

slott i luften
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of castle in the air

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «CASTLE IN THE AIR»

The term «castle in the air» is regularly used and occupies the 71.250 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «CASTLE IN THE AIR» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about castle in the air

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QUOTES WITH «CASTLE IN THE AIR»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word castle in the air.
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Claude McKay
Idealism is like a castle in the air if it is not based on a solid foundation of social and political realism.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «CASTLE IN THE AIR»

Discover the use of castle in the air in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to castle in the air and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Castle in the Air
A magical Arabian Nights tale from the captivating creator of fantasy, Diana Wynne Jones. The dazzling sequel to Howls Moving Castle, now a major animated film.
Diana Wynne Jones, 2012
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Howl's Moving Castle
Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl's castle.
Diana Wynne Jones, 2012
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Wizard's Castle
Howl's moving castle - Eldest of three sisters, in a land where it is considered to be a misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of ...
Diana Wynne Jones, 2002
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Passing the Torch: If World Peace Is a Castle in the Air, ...
Tonio Giaccone and Turri Sicorene were professor and student at the local university many years ago.
Nené La Rosa, 2011
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The Phantom Tollbooth
From the Hardcover edition.
Norton Juster, 2011
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Early American Proverbs and Proverbial Phrases
1794 Paine From the Castle in the Air 2.1096. 1795 Tablet 16. 1797 Mann Female 111: She planned many schemes and fabricated many castles. 1799 Carey Porcupiniad 2.36: His airy castles quick decay. 1800 Cleveland Letters 59: Building ...
Bartlett Jere Whiting, 1977
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My Castle in the Air
This scarce antiquarian book is a selection from Kessinger Publishing's Legacy Reprint Series.
Genesee Richardson, 2010
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Sanctuaries of Light in Nineteenth-century European Literature
One might wonder whether Solness means one type of structure, castles in the air, or whether he implies just one building, one final architectural creation, one ultimate castle in the air. Solness seems mesmerized by Hilde at the end, for in his ...
Hugo Walter, 2010
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The Eclectic Magazine
Yes, you, you only, Lady Fair, Adorned my Castle in the Air. Now, tell me, could you dwell content In such a baseless tenement? Or could so delicate a flower Exist in such a breezy bower? Because, if you would settle in it, 'Twere built, for love, ...
John Holmes Agnew, Walter Hilliard Bidwell, 1859
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The Eclectic Magazine of Foreign Literature, Science, and Art
Yes, you, you only, Lady Fair, Adorned my Castle in the Air ; And Life, without the least foundation, Became a charming occupation. We viewed, with much serene disdain, The smoke and scandal of Cockaigne, Its dupes and dancers, knaves ...

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «CASTLE IN THE AIR»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term castle in the air is used in the context of the following news items.
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New law on national security cements development
"Without security, development is nothing more than a castle in the air." By outlining overarching legal framework on the protection of China's ... «ecns, Jul 15»
2
Visit to the City of the Kings called Bulawayo
Well today you will as I intend to share my own surprise, if not an outright dropped jaw, after visiting this castle in the air brought down to Terra ... «eTurboNews, Jun 15»
3
Showbiz words, phrases step onto center stage
Commemorating that milestone — and honoring Craig Noel, the visionary who built that castle in the air and then implacably laid foundations ... «U-T San Diego, Jun 15»
4
UK 'still serious global player'
But Elmau's legacy must be more than a castle in the air. We need these plans to be built on strong foundations - and first and foremost, that ... «shropshirestar.com, Jun 15»
5
Water spout lifts bouncy castle in the air, injures three children (VIDEO)
Three children are injured after a water spout lifted a bouncy castle in the air in Florida yesterday. The National Weather Service in Miami ... «Vancity Buzz, May 15»
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Raila 2017 campaign throws Cord into confusion
That is just a castle in the air, the reality will dawn on them that they lack enough grassroots support to compete with Raila.” Kalonzo has said ... «The Star, May 15»
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Labour spin and spam
... that would “create 400 jobs and host 4,000 students”, the Prime Minister found himself insisting that the project was “not a castle in the air”. «Times of Malta, May 15»
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Watch: Prime Minister insists American University of Malta 'not a …
Dr Muscat denied that the project was a 'castle in the air' because “they” are going to invest €115 million. Who exactly are they, we asked? «Malta Independent Online, May 15»
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Press digest
The Malta Independent says the prime minister insisted yesterday that the American University of Malta is 'not a castle in the air.' In-Nazzjon ... «Times of Malta, May 15»
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Central Bank Said to Mull Tool for Policy Banks to Buy Local Gov't …
However, "without extra liquidity support… the whole debt swap will amount to building a castle in the air," said Liu Yuhui, a professor at the ... «Caixin Media, May 15»

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