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

Other Words from bastion

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

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Bastion is related to 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). It comes from the Italian verb bastire, which means "to build."

Examples of bastion in a Sentence

the rebel army retreated to its bastion in the mountains to regroup
Recent Examples on the Web Some of the areas, or blocs, marked for oil leasing lie within Africa’s iconic first conservation area, the Virunga National Park, created in 1925 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to the last bastion of mountain gorillas. Wanjohi Kabukuru, ajc, 28 July 2022 After Russian forces on Sunday took control of Lysychansk, the last bastion of Ukrainian resistance in Luhansk, Ukraine’s military braced for an assault on Donetsk, with the cities of Slovyansk and Kramatorsk both in the Russian line of fire. Reuters, NBC News, 6 July 2022 That makes databases the last bastion of vendor lock-in. Mike Waas, Forbes, 1 July 2022 Russian forces continued to pound the steel plant that is the last bastion of Ukrainian resistance in Mariupol, its defenders said. Elena Becatoros And Jon Gambrell, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 May 2022 Russian troops continued to pound the steel plant that is the last bastion of Ukrainian resistance in Mariupol, its defenders said. Elena Becatoros And Jon Gambrell, Chicago Tribune, 11 May 2022 Russian troops continued to pound the steel plant that is the last bastion of Ukrainian resistance in Mariupol, its defenders said. Elena Becatoros, BostonGlobe.com, 11 May 2022 DeSantis’ spokeswoman Christina Pushaw has also sought to underscore the differences between what conservatives say is a repressive California and Florida, which is seen as a bastion of freedom. Brett Clarkson, Sun Sentinel, 28 June 2022 The tech industry has never been known as a bastion of humility—and understandably so, to a certain extent. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 14 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bastion

1546, 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bastion. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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