donjon

noun

don·​jon ˈdän-jən How to pronounce donjon (audio) ˈdən- How to pronounce donjon (audio)
: a massive inner tower in a medieval castle see castle illustration

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web It’s billed as the tallest medieval donjon in Europe. Nicole Defeudis, BostonGlobe.com, 29 May 2018 However, both donjon and dungeon originally referred to and still refer to, secondarily, a castle keep. David Dobbs, Slate Magazine, 25 Sep. 2017

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English — more at dungeon

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of donjon was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Donjon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/donjon. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

donjon

noun

don·​jon ˈdän-jən How to pronounce donjon (audio) ˈdən- How to pronounce donjon (audio)
: the main inner tower in a castle
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