- a secret dungeon with an opening only in the ceiling, as in certain old castles.
Origin of oubliette
Examples from the Web for oubliette
It is the oubliette in which the Staphilinus buries the remains of his victims.The Industries of Animals
The gloomy chamber, however, is generally called an oubliette.Normandy, Complete
Do you remember the oubliette between the guard-room and the tower?Pietro Ghisleri
F. (Francis) Marion Crawford
After the stench of the oubliette, it was like heaven to Hyla.The Serf
In the centre of the chamber there is an oubliette to the darkness below.Winged Wheels in France
Michael Myers Shoemaker
- a dungeon, the only entrance to which is through the top
Word Origin and History for oubliette
"secret dungeon reached only via trapdoor," 1819, from French oubliette (14c.), from Middle French oublier "to forget, show negligence," Old French oblier, oblider, from Vulgar Latin *oblitare, from Latin oblitus, past participle of oblivisci "to forget" (see oblivion).