[duhn-juh n, don-]


the inner tower, keep, or stronghold of a castle.

Origin of donjon

variant of dungeon Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for donjon

Historical Examples of donjon

  • Once more shall its donjon overlook from its height the two valleys.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • In the middle of the court is the donjon, which contains the archives and the treasure.

    English Villages

    P. H. Ditchfield

  • At the same moment they heard a cry from the top of the donjon.

    The Man in the Iron Mask

    Alexandre Dumas, Pere

  • "You must come and see the donjon keep, girls," said George.

  • Then Richard was captured and cast into a donjon to await the Duke's pleasure.

    Britain in the Middle Ages

    Florence L. Bowman

British Dictionary definitions for donjon



the heavily fortified central tower or keep of a medieval castleAlso called: dungeon

Word Origin for donjon

C14: archaic variant of dungeon
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