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definition of the word donjon

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From Old French donjon.



donjon (plural donjons)

  1. The fortified tower of a motte or early castle; a keep.
    • 2007, Michael Chabon, Gentlemen of the Road, Sceptre 2008, p. 132:
      [...] the prison fortress called Qomr, a mound of yellowish brick rising up from the left back of the turbid river, in whose donjon by long tradition the warlord was obliged to lay his head.
    • 1819, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe:
      It was a fortress of no great size, consisting of a donjon, or large and high square tower, surrounded by buildings of inferior height, which were encircled by an inner court-yard.

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