Definition of donjon in English:

donjon

Line breaks: don¦jon
Pronunciation: /ˈdɒndʒ(ə)n
 
, ˈdʌn-/

noun

  • The great tower or innermost keep of a castle.
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    • Thus, for example, while ‘brick houses’ or ‘timber - framed houses’ may indeed be found, ‘moats,’ ‘donjons,’ ‘cruck vaulting,’ or ‘keeps’ - all of which are discussed at several points in the text - cannot.
    • At Chepstow too, Roman tile and brick was deliberately re-used, here to form a conspicuous string course on the exterior of the Norman donjon that, with its echoes of imperial authority, faced into the unconquered lands of South Wales.
    • While one of the words most commonly identified with castles is ‘keep’, the term is virtually unknown in medieval documentation where the term donjon was generally used.

Origin

Middle English: variant of dungeon.

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