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bastion

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noun bas·tion \ˈbas-chən\

Simple Definition of bastion

  • : a place or system in which something (such as an old-fashioned idea) continues to survive

Full Definition of bastion

  1. 1 :  a projecting part of a fortification

  2. 2 :  a fortified area or position

  3. 3 :  stronghold 2 <the last bastion of academic standards — American Scientist>

bas·tioned play \-chənd\ adjective

Examples of bastion

  1. <the rebel army retreated to its bastion in the mountains to regroup>



Origin of bastion

Middle French, from Old Italian bastione, augmentative of bastia fortress, derivative from dialect form of bastire to build, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German besten to patch


First Known Use: 1562



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