- a strong, dark prison or cell, usually underground, as in a medieval castle.
- the keep or stronghold of a castle; donjon.
Origin of dungeon
Examples from the Web for dungeon
Couple walked towards the opposite end of the dungeon, where she previously played with Destiny.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau
December 20, 2014
She began operating out of her home garage in 1980, slowly acquiring the many props and tools that would decorate her dungeon.Whip It: Secrets of a Dominatrix
November 25, 2014
November 2013 saw the release of a second video game Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I Don't Know!This Is How an Episode of Cartoon Network’s ‘Adventure Time’ Is Made
December 19, 2013
Yet, to many who encountered him outside his dungeon, he seemed generally cheery.How Ariel Castro Remained at Liberty in Cleveland All These Years
May 9, 2013
The Daily Pic: In a show called "Cell Block", the New York artist builds us a dungeon.Alice Aycock Digs Deep
December 31, 2012
Meanwhile months passed, and Calderon still languished in his dungeon.Calderon The Courtier
The other man had his back towards the dungeon, and Barnaby could only see his form.Barnaby Rudge
He said he thought it best to have him thrust into a dungeon.The Story of Don Quixote
Arvid Paulson, Clayton Edwards, and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
The dungeon, the chain, the lash, the wooden jellab—what else was left to him?The Scapegoat
I felt like a prisoner who was about to escape from a dungeon.The Woman Thou Gavest Me
- a close prison cell, often underground
- a variant of donjon
Word Origin and History for dungeon
c.1300, "great tower of a castle," from Old French donjon "great tower of a castle" (12c.), from Gallo-Romance *dominionem, from Late Latin dominium, from Latin dominus "master" (of the castle; see domain). Sense of "castle keep" led to "strong (underground) cell" in English early 14c. The original sense went with the variant donjon.