[ duhn-juhn ]
/ ˈdʌn dʒən /


a strong, dark prison or cell, usually underground, as in a medieval castle.
the keep or stronghold of a castle; donjon.

Origin of dungeon

1250–1300; Middle English dungeo(u)n, dongeoun, dungun<Middle French donjon<Vulgar Latin *domniōn- (stem of *domniō) keep, mastery, syncopated variant of *dominiōn-dominion
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British Dictionary definitions for dungeon

/ (ˈdʌndʒən) /


a close prison cell, often underground
a variant of donjon

Word Origin for dungeon

C14: from Old French donjon; related to Latin dominus master
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