bastion

noun bas·tion \ ˈbas-chən \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of bastion

1 :a projecting part of a fortification
  • a bastion at each of the fort's five corners
2 :a fortified area or position
  • bombing island bastions
3 :stronghold 2
  • the last bastion of academic standards
  • Amer. Scientist

bastioned

play \-chənd\ adjective

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Examples of bastion in a Sentence

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

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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


BASTION Defined for English Language Learners

bastion

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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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