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

Definition of watchtower

: a tower for a lookout

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Recent Examples on the Web Learn about blacksmithing, watch a live musket demo, and climb to the top of the 35-foot watchtower for panoramic views of St. Augustine’s bayfront and the historic Castillo de San Marcos. Kara Franker, Southern Living, "Things to Do in St. Augustine, Florida: Attractions and Travel Guide," 30 June 2020 The compound, set to open in a few months, has thick, high walls on the periphery, watchtowers in every corner, separate sections for men and women, and an infirmary. Suhasini Raj, New York Times, "Modi Denies India Is Targeting Muslims. We Found a Different Reality.," 4 Apr. 2020 Everything at Desert View: the watchtower, campground, market and trading post. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Many Arizona parks are open during coronavirus outbreak. Here's what to know before you go," 20 Mar. 2020 On Monday, amid barren trees, a Greek guard sat in a watchtower, making sure no people or dinghies enter the water. Sarah Dadouch, Washington Post, "Syrian migrants trying to reach Greece from Turkey find their dreams evaporating as border guards push them back," 2 Mar. 2020 There's been a dramatic decline in cross-border activity in both Douglas and the areas surrounding it since the watchtowers were installed in 2016. Erin Stone, azcentral, "Concerns grow that Trump's wall will damage rivers, wildlife habitat on Arizona border," 3 Feb. 2020 Even the repatriation center’s watchtowers are empty of soldiers. New York Times, "Massacred at Home, in Misery Abroad, 730,000 Rohingya Are Mired in Hopelessness," 22 Aug. 2019 The watchtower is the latest fascinating archaeological discovery in Israel. Fox News, "Israeli soldiers discover 3,000-year-old Biblical-era watchtower," 19 June 2019 Crematoria lie in rubble but still intact are the rail tracks and watchtowers and some of the barracks where prisoners slept in cold, cramped conditions. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: Auschwitz, 75 years after its liberation," 21 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of watchtower

1544, in the meaning defined above

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“Watchtower.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of watchtower

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


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Kids Definition of watchtower

: a tower for a guard or watchman

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