watch·​tow·​er | \ ˈwäch-ˌtau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce watchtower (audio) , ˈwȯch- \

Definition of watchtower

: a tower for a lookout

Examples of watchtower in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The farm-to-table dining options buzz with their own honey, wine, and olive oil, including elegant Ristorante Al Castello, converted watchtower Il Torrino overlooking the swimming pool, and laid-back Ristorante Alle Scuderie. Kasia Dietz, Condé Nast Traveler, 19 July 2021 The local tourists, some of whom were taking selfies, were visiting the Amer Fort, built in the late late 1500s, in the capital city of Jaipur when lightning struck a nearby watchtower, Reuters reported. Washington Post, 12 July 2021 Those who died were believed to be taking selfies in the rain on the top of Amer Fort's watchtower, the outlet reported. Joelle Goldstein,, 12 July 2021 That changed last April with the Mezzatorre Hotel & Thermal Spa, on Ischia island in the Gulf of Naples — a 16th-century watchtower that had been turned into a hotel in 1981. Travel + Leisure Staff, Travel + Leisure, 19 Feb. 2020 Hannah has been put on lookout duty in a watchtower — seemingly a demotion of some sort — much to the amusement of her ex, Ethan (Jon Bernthal), a local sheriff’s deputy whose wife, Allison (Medina Senghore), is heavily pregnant. Jessica Kiang, Los Angeles Times, 14 May 2021 The watchtower can serve as a guest house, an office or a studio. Lauren Beale, Forbes, 13 May 2021 The respected leader of a smokejumping team, she's been reassigned to man a lonesome watchtower following a tragic incident a year prior (seen in flashbacks) involving three kids and mission mismanagement that still haunts her. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 12 May 2021 An Aragonese stone watchtower on neighboring Asinara island completes the scene. Anne Olivia Bauso, Travel + Leisure, 12 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of watchtower

1544, in the meaning defined above

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“Watchtower.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of watchtower

: a tower that is used by a person who guards or watches a place


watch·​tow·​er | \ ˈwäch-ˌtau̇-ər How to pronounce watchtower (audio) \

Kids Definition of watchtower

: a tower for a guard or watchman

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