Definition of dungeon in English:


Syllabification: dun·geon
Pronunciation: /ˈdənjən


  • 1A strong underground prison cell, especially in a castle.
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    • For the past seventeen years he has been kept prisoner in the castle dungeons.
    • What goes on inside the CIA facilities, closer to medieval dungeons than modern prisons, can only be guessed at.
    • She miraculously encountered the prison dungeon and entered to get some answers.
    underground prison, oubliette; cell, jail, lockup
    informal skookum house
  • 1.1(In fantasy role-playing games) a labyrinthine subterranean setting.
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    • Whether one is driving on a race track or righting fantasy creeps in pseudo-medieval dungeons, one always has to be on guard.
    • The dungeon disappeared, many characters acquired new powers, and new restrictions on placement appeared, allowing cards to be combined.
    • You may also distribute your loot this way in order to make sure you can take everything not bolted down from every dungeon in the game.
  • 1.2 archaic term for donjon.


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  • Imprison (someone) in a dungeon.


Middle English (also with the sense 'castle keep'): from Old French (perhaps originally with the sense 'lord's tower' or 'mistress tower'), based on Latin dominus 'lord, master'. Compare with donjon.

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