American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A dungeon with a trapdoor in the ceiling as its only means of entrance or exit.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A secret dungeon with an opening only at the top for the admission of air, used for persons condemned to perpetual imprisonment or to perish secretly, such as exist in some old castles or other buildings.
- n. A secret pit, usually in the floor of a dungeon or a dark passage, into which a person could be precipitated and thus be destroyed unawares. Oubliettes of this form occur in medieval castles, though they were much less common than has been popularly believed.
- To imprison in an oubliette.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A dungeon with an opening only at the top, found in some old castles and other strongholds, into which persons condemned to perpetual imprisonment, or to perish secretly, were thrust, or lured to fall.
- n. a dungeon with the only entrance or exit being a trap door in the ceiling
- Borrowing from French oubliette, from oublier ("to forget"). (Wiktionary)
- French, from oublier, to forget, from Old French oblider, from Vulgar Latin *oblītāre, from Latin oblītus, past participle of oblīvīscī. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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