Definition of dungeon in English:


Line breaks: dun|geon
Pronunciation: /ˈdʌn(d)ʒ(ə)n


  • 1A strong underground prison cell, especially in a castle.
    More example sentences
    • 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 cell, underground prison, oubliette; cell, prison, jail, lock-up, black hole
    archaic hole, thieves' hole, bocardo


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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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