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.
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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.