Definitions of dungeon

  1. To shut up in a dungeon. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. A close, dark prison, common, under ground, as if the lower apartments of the donjon or keep of a castle, these being used as prisons. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. The principal defended part of an ancient castle; a dark underground cell; a prison. Also, donjon. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. (orig.) The principal tower of a castle: a close, dark prison: a cell under ground. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. A close prison. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. A dark underground cell; any prison. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. A close dark place of confinement, usually underground. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. Originally the large and strongest tower of a fortress, to which the garrison could retreat in case of necessity, the lower apartments of such being used as prisons; a close dark prison, commonly underground; any deep dark place. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for dungeon

  1. They seemed doomed to waste away their lives in that loathsome dungeon – Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution by L. Carroll Judson
  2. Intelligence was brought to the prisoner in his dungeon that the young, lady had made the proposition, and he was told to be of good cheer: But he refused to be comforted. – History of the United Netherlands, 1586-89, Vol. II. Complete by John Lothrop Motley Last Updated: February 7, 2009