don·​jon | \ ˈdän-jən How to pronounce donjon (audio) , ˈdən- How to pronounce donjon (audio) \

Definition of donjon

: a massive inner tower in a medieval castle — see castle illustration

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Examples of donjon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It’s billed as the tallest medieval donjon in Europe. Nicole Defeudis,, "Visiting Paris? Put this fortified castle in your itinerary," 29 May 2018 However, both donjon and dungeon originally referred to and still refer to, secondarily, a castle keep. David Dobbs, Slate Magazine, "A Sane Person’s Privacy Nightmare," 25 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of donjon

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for donjon

Middle English — more at dungeon

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“Donjon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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