[ bas-chuhn, -tee-uhn ]
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  1. Fortification. a projecting portion of a rampart or fortification that forms an irregular pentagon attached at the base to the main work.

  2. a fortified place.

  1. anything seen as preserving or protecting some quality, condition, etc.: a bastion of solitude; a bastion of democracy.

Origin of bastion

1590–1600; <Middle French <Italian bastione, equivalent to Upper Italian bastí(a) bastion, originally, fortified, built (cognate with Italian bastita, past participle of bastire to build <Germanic; see baste1) + -one augmentative suffix

Other words for bastion

Other words from bastion

  • bas·tion·ar·y [bas-chuh-ner-ee], /ˈbæs tʃəˌnɛr i/, adjective
  • bastioned, adjective

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How to use bastion in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for bastion


/ (ˈbæstɪən) /

  1. a projecting work in a fortification designed to permit fire to the flanks along the face of the wall

  2. any fortified place

  1. a thing or person regarded as upholding or defending an attitude, principle, etc: the last bastion of opposition

Origin of bastion

C16: from French, from earlier bastillon bastion, from bastille Bastille

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