ou·​bli·​ette | \ ˌü-blē-ˈet How to pronounce oubliette (audio) \

Definition of oubliette

: a dungeon with an opening only at the top

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Recent Examples on the Web Let the novel open like an oubliette under your feet. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "A Thousand-Page Novel — Made Up of Mostly One Sentence — Captures How We Think Now," 3 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of oubliette

1777, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oubliette

French, from Middle French, from oublier to forget, from Old French oblier, from Vulgar Latin *oblitare, frequentative of Latin oblivisci to forget — more at oblivion

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“Oubliette.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oubliette. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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