Definition of dungeon
1 : donjon
2 : a dark usually underground prison or vault
Examples of dungeon in a Sentence
The king threw them in the dungeon.
Recent Examples of dungeon from the Web
Officers can enjoy a free visit to a local driving range, a zoo, a tropical aquarium and the Hamburg dungeon.
Darkest Dungeon has never been a stranger to change.
Curtiss-Wright’s testing facilities are a veritable dungeon of impact, fire, and spike penetration devices for testing their recorders, which fly in everything from fighter jets of the UK’s Royal Air Force to Boeing Chinook military helicopters.
Lint Bear is swept from his warm and fluffy home, and Lint Boy ventures forth bravely to find him, into a Gothic mini-dungeon of vintage birdcages.
Immediately following the trio’s arrest in Shiraz in April 2003, they were hauled off to Tehran and jailed for around 20 months in the dungeons of a building belonging to Iran’s feared intelligence apparatus.
From the town’s main plaza, entering the restaurant’s awe-inspiring 16th-century building felt like descending into a castle dungeon.
Instead of simulating one marine against the world in real time and in three pseudo-dimensions, the new Doom is a dungeon-crawler with big guns and biomechanical monsters rather than big axes and skeletons.
A world in which every story is tainted, the product of leaks and hacks, black ops and active measures, propaganda and disinformation—spread by trolls, replicated by internet bots, amplified in echo chambers deep in the dungeons of the web.
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Did You Know?
The words for two different parts of a castle come from the same source. The word dungeon, meaning “a dark usually underground prison,” comes from the French word donjon, which also gives us our English word donjon, meaning “an inner tower in a castle.” Dungeon was first used in English in the 14th century for the strong tower in the inner part of the castle. Defenders could retreat to this tower if attackers got inside the castle walls. Part of the tower usually included an underground room, the dungeon, usually used for prisoners. Throughout its history, the word dungeon has had many spellings. Sometimes it was spelled donjon like the French word it comes from, and sometimes in other ways. In time the spelling donjon came to be used mostly for the castle tower, and the spelling dungeon mostly for the underground room or prison.
DUNGEON Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dungeon for English Language Learners
: a dark underground prison in a castle
DUNGEON Defined for Kids
Definition of dungeon for Students
: a dark usually underground prison
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