American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The fortified main tower of a castle; a keep.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The inner tower, keep, or stronghold of a castle. See cut under castle. It is simply another spelling of
dungeon, to which it is preferred in the sense of the definition by some writers, on account of the special idea of prison now associated with dungeon.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The chief tower, also called the
keep; a massive tower in ancient castles, forming the strongest part of the fortifications. See Illust.of castle.
- n. the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress
- From Old French donjon. (Wiktionary)
- Variant of dungeon. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It held meetings in our big vault, which they called the donjon keep, and, naturally, when one of them was going on, boys were scarcer around the office than hen's teeth.”
“Although the donjon was a fundamental element of castle design from Norman times, Greenwich had no fortifications, no moat, and no visible sense of being a castle.”
“After passing the donjon, which is situated at the extreme end of the left wing, we went to the back of the chateau.”
“Not far from the donjon is the Decorated church of Saint Lawrence, where the usual late Gothic dies off into _Renaissance_ at the west end.”
“The central tower, commonly called the donjon, was the castle's last line of defense.”
“It had a "donjon," or keep, which was generally occupied by the baron as”
“donjon" of great antiquity, crenelated, with towers at each corner and the whole construction forming an admirable specimen of Hispano-Flemish architecture.”
“After Eric posed for a few seconds on the steps of the chapel and then inexplicably flew off to the top of the donjon in a huff, Luc motioned for us to follow him into the castle.”
“I watched Eric disappear over the edge of the donjon, surprised to see his reflection in the water.”
“He stood halfway between us and the main donjon, wearing orange sweatpants, a matching hoodie, blue-tinted sunglasses, and those same Onmyodo shoes.”
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