bastion

noun
bas·​tion | \ ˈbas-chən How to pronounce bastion (audio) \

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 sense 2 the last bastion of academic standardsAmer. Scientist

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Other Words from bastion

bastioned \ ˈbas-​chənd How to pronounce bastioned (audio) \ adjective

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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."

Examples of bastion in a Sentence

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

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The Human Rights Campaign has long been criticized as a bastion for white gay men of means who pay lip service to other corners of the movement. Philip Elliott, Time, "Human Rights Campaign Picks Alphonso David as New President," 25 June 2019 While the government has not made good on its threats, the outrage nonetheless has shaken Jordan’s self-image as a bastion of tolerance in a turbulent region. Isabel Debre, Fortune, "Netflix's First Original Arabic Series, 'Jinn,' Stirs Up Outrage in Jordan," 21 June 2019 The outrage has shaken Jordan’s self-image as a bastion of tolerance in a turbulent region and reflects a cultural gap between the country’s Western-allied ruling elite and deeply conservative Muslim public. Fox News, "Netflix's first Arabic original sparks backlash on home turf," 19 June 2019 While the rest of the country may caricature California as a bastion of out-of-touch liberals, the Central Valley defies that stereotype. Melanie Mason, latimes.com, "California’s long-overlooked Central Valley holds new allure for 2020 candidates," 4 June 2019 And that’s supposed to be part of the core bastion of freedom and democracy. Karl Vick, Time, "‘It’s a Dark Period.’ The Stanford Expert Known as “Mr. Democracy” on the Shrinking Free World," 13 June 2019 For years, many cities sold themselves as bastions of efficient, low-carbon living. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "How can city dwellers help with climate change? Buy less stuff.," 11 June 2019 The Last Black Man in San Francisco centers around Jimmie Fails, a young black man living on the floor of his best friend Montgomery’s home in the Hunters Point section of San Francisco, the city’s last black bastion. Collier Meyerson, WIRED, "The Last Black Man Searches for ‘Authenticity’ but There Is None," 6 June 2019 Food halls as experiential retail The rise of food halls in many ways mirrors that of food trucks, transforming cars and storefronts into bastions of culinary experimentation. Bethany Biron, Vox, "The food court’s younger, hipper cousin is a curated version of the mall staple.," 30 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of bastion

1562, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bastion

borrowed from Middle French, borrowed from Italian bastione, from bastia "small quadrangular fortress" (from an Upper Italian counterpart to Tuscan bastita, from feminine past participle of bastire "to build," probably borrowed from Old Occitan bastir "to weave, build," or its Gallo-Romance ancestor) + -one, augmentative suffix (going back to Latin -ō, -ōn-, suffix of nouns denoting persons with a prominent feature) — more at bastille

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bastion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bastion

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

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