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Examples of bastion in a Sentence
the rebel army retreated to its bastion in the mountains to regroup
Recent Examples of bastion from the Web
Xi used the Davos forum of global elites in January to portray his country as a bastion of free trade.
Both bastions of table-side service, that restaurant and Otto's source their birds from the same supplier in Challans, France, bred for their blood content and asphyxiated at eight months old to make sure none of it escapes.
Andrew Byers, a member of the Green Berets who was killed last year during an attack on a Taliban bastion.
MOSUL, Iraq — Iraqi forces, backed by heavy U.S.-led air and artillery strikes, began a new offensive into the Islamic State’s final bastions in the city.
Sykes touched down in L.A. this week on the final stop of her U.S. tour to promote her new book, and on Wednesday night, friends gathered at Burberry, the bastion of Britishness on Rodeo Drive, to toast her.
For those in Montana, a bastion of conservatism where Republicans have held the state’s lone congressional seat for 23 years, Gianforte has been a familiar figure for years, primarily as a businessman.
I’m so excited and proud to join forces with this historic news program, which for me represents the bastion of journalistic storytelling.
The last bastion of the trade is now Japan, said Knights, of WildAid.
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Did You Know?
Bastion is constructed of etymological building blocks that are very similar to those of "bastille" (a word now used as a general term for a prison, but probably best known as the name of the Parisian fortress-turned-prison stormed by an angry mob at the start of the French Revolution). The history of "bastion" can be traced through Middle French to the Old Italian verb bastire, which means "to build." "Bastille" descends from the Old Occitan verb "bastir," which also means "to build." "Bastir" and "bastire" are themselves of Germanic origin and akin to the Old High German word besten, meaning "to patch."
Origin and Etymology 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
BASTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bastion for English Language Learners
: a place or system in which something (such as an old-fashioned idea) continues to survive
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