American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A dark, often underground chamber or cell used to confine prisoners.
- n. A donjon.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The principal tower of a medieval castle. It was usually raised on a natural or artificial mound and situated in the innermost court or bailey, and formed a last refuge into which the garrison could retreat in case of necessity. Its lower or underground part was often used as a prison. Also called keep, dungeon-keep, or tower. See cut under
- n. Hence A close cell; a deep, dark place of confinement.
- To confine in or as in a dungeon.
- n. An underground prison or vault, typically built underneath a castle.
- n. obsolete The main tower of a motte or castle; a keep or donjon.
- n. games An underground area inhabited by enemies, containing story objectives, treasure and bosses.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A close, dark prison, commonly, under ground, as if the lower apartments of the
donjonor keep of a castle, these being used as prisons.
- v. To shut up in a dungeon.
- n. the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress
- n. a dark cell (usually underground) where prisoners can be confined
- From Middle English dungeon, dungeoun, dungun ("castle keep, prison cell below the castle, dungeon"), from Old French donjon ("castle keep"), from Frankish *dungjo (“prison, dungeon, underground cellar”), from Proto-Germanic *dungijō, *dungijōn (“enclosed space, vault, bower, treasury”), from Proto-Germanic *dungaz, *dungō (“dung, manure”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰengʰ- (“to cover”). Cognate with Old English dung ("prison, dungeon"), Old Saxon dung ("underground cellar"), Old High German tung ("underground cellar"; > German Tunk ("manure or soil covered basement, underground weaving workshop")), Old Norse dyngja ("a detached apartment, a lady's bower"; > Icelandic dyngja ("chamber")). More at dung. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English donjon, castle keep, dungeon, from Old French, keep, probably from Medieval Latin domniō, domniōn-, the lord's tower, from Latin dominus, master; see dem- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Exchange Building it was, Isaac Hayne who was captured and put down there in what they called the dungeon, and hanged, I think.”
“The occasional five-man dungeon is about the most I can manage.”
“As an aside, has anyone found a full sets of in dungeon dialog for party members?”
“Scott: I think that dungeon is pregenerated .. but they will be rendomly generated in the full game, I think.”
“The dungeon is pretty equipped, has a medical table and has lots of flogging and corporeal equipment which is pretty impressive.”
“If you want to go to a certain dungeon, you have to be the right level, get all the right quests done, get a group together.”
“After days in the stinking Jakes they call a dungeon, feeding on cold swill, 'twill delight me to smash a few heads and rip out a few guts ere I fall.”
“The most terrible thing for the prisoner within the four walls in which he is buried, is a sort of glacial chastity, and he calls the dungeon the castus.”
“God's having heard our voice when we cried to him, even out of the low dungeon, is an encouragement for us to hope that he will not at any time hide his ear.”
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