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Examples of bastion in a sentence
the rebel army retreated to its bastion in the mountains to regroup
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
Medieval 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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