zwinger

noun zwing·er \ˈtsfiŋə(r), ˈtsvi-\

Definition of zwinger

plural

-s

  1. :  a fortress protecting a city

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Origin and Etymology of zwinger

German, from Middle High German twinger, zwinger one that forces or constrains, narrow space between the wall of a castle and the outer walls, from twingen, dwingen to press, oppress, from Old High German dwingan — more at thong


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