Definition of dungeon in English:

dungeon

noun

  • 1A strong underground prison cell, especially in a castle.

    • ‘The princess will be taken to her old cell in the dungeon.’
    • ‘Joseph, a prisoner in Pharaoh's dungeons, of whom it is testified that he had skill in interpreting dreams, is brought forth to offer his interpretation.’
    • ‘I do need someone to bring food for the savage prisoners in the dungeons, you know.’
    • ‘The slaves pulled a lever and a trap door opened in the floor to reveal an underground dungeon filled with hundreds of human prisoners.’
    • ‘One level above the watery dock were the prisons, or dungeons, where in times of old, only true criminals were held.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The savior continued to recite his chant in front of every cell in the dungeon until everyone was free.’
    • ‘Yes, our marriage took place in a castle whose dungeons were once crowded to suffocation with unfortunate natives, awaiting the auction block and the white traders from Europe and America.’
    • ‘He let out a scream - the same scream she'd heard twelve years ago coming from far below in the castle's dungeons.’
    • ‘The underground dungeon wasn't guarded at all.’
    • ‘Does such an act signify an attempt to erase the brutal history of the castles and the dungeons beneath them?’
    • ‘The origin of Coup d' Etat is obscure, but it is believed that the game was first played by political prisoners in the dungeons of France over two centuries ago.’
    • ‘After they had explored the library he had taken her down into the kitchens for lunch before taking her deeper into the castle to see the dungeons which were exactly what Olivia would have imagined.’
    • ‘Each corridor was lined with slave cells and dungeons.’
    • ‘And down here he entertained himself - torturing his prisoners in the dungeons.’
    • ‘The interesting bits of the castle - the dungeons and the old parts underneath - could be used for tours but they're not.’
    • ‘One of their catches gets kept in the dungeon of their castle, to be sucked and dined on nightly.’
    • ‘For the past seventeen years he has been kept prisoner in the castle dungeons.’
    • ‘‘We will be wed this very night, unless you wish to find yourself in the castle dungeon before dawn,’ I told him.’
    underground cell, underground prison, oubliette
    cell, prison, jail, lock-up, black hole
    hole, thieves' hole, bocardo
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  • 2

    archaic term for donjon

verb

[WITH OBJECT]literary
  • Imprison (someone) in a dungeon.

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

dungeon

/ˈdʌn(d)ʒ(ə)n/