noun \ˈdən-jən\

: a dark underground prison in a castle

Full Definition of DUNGEON

:  donjon
:  a dark usually underground prison or vault

Examples of DUNGEON

  1. The king threw them in the dungeon.

Origin of DUNGEON

Middle English dongeon, donjon, from Anglo-French donjun, from Vulgar Latin *domnion-, domnio keep, mastery, from Latin dominus lord — more at dominate
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Architecture Terms

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth

Rhymes with DUNGEON


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