ou·​bli·​ette ˌü-blē-ˈet How to pronounce oubliette (audio)
: a dungeon with an opening only at the top

Examples of oubliette in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This godown was an oubliette. Rafil Kroll-Zaidi, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021 Let the novel open like an oubliette under your feet. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, 3 Sep. 2019

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1777, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oubliette was in 1777

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“Oubliette.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oubliette. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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