AskDefine | Define donjon

Dictionary Definition

donjon n : the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress [syn: keep, dungeon]

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English

Etymology

From Old (and modern) French donjon.

Pronunciation

/ˈdɒnʤən/

Noun

  1. The fortified tower of a motte or early castle; a keep.
    • 1819: It was a fortress of no great size, consisting of a donjon, or large and high square tower, surrounded by buildings of inferior height, which were encircled by an inner court-yard. — Walter Scott, Ivanhoe

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French

Etymology

Old French, from Vulgar Latin *dominio ‘lord's castle’, from Latin dominus.

Pronunciation

/dɔ̃ʒɔ̃/

Noun

fr-noun m
  1. donjon, keep

Extensive Definition

A dungeon is an underground prison or vault.
Dungeon or donjon can also refer to:
donjon in German: Dungeon
donjon in French: Donjon (homonymie)
donjon in Italian: Dungeon
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