- an outwork of a fortified place, as a castle.
- a defensive outpost of any sort.
Origin of barbican
Examples from the Web for barbican
We started making them for a retrospective nine years ago that we were invited to in London at the Barbican art gallery.Inside Viktor & Rolf’s Dollhouse
June 10, 2013
They had crossed Smithfield together, and Clennam was left alone at the corner of Barbican.Little Dorrit
Lunch over, he lit a cigar, and strolled in the direction of the Barbican.Shining Ferry</p>
Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
I will be off the landing-place at the Barbican with a boat.The Ocean Cat's Paw
George Manville Fenn
The barbican was named Bevis's Tower from this legendary story.
Some remains of the old Barbican were to be seen here in the last century.Bygone London
- a walled outwork or tower to protect a gate or drawbridge of a fortification
- a watchtower projecting from a fortification
- the Barbican a building complex in the City of London: includes residential developments and the Barbican Arts Centre (completed 1982) housing concert and exhibition halls, theatres, cinemas, etc
Word Origin and History for barbican
"outer fortification of a city or castle," mid-13c., from Old French barbacane (12c.), a general Romanic word, perhaps ultimately from Arabic or Persian (cf. bab-khanah "gate-house").