[ gey-bee-uh n ]
/ ˈgeɪ bi ən /


a cylinder of wickerwork filled with earth, used as a military defense.
a metal cylinder filled with stones and sunk in water, used in laying the foundations of a dam or jetty.

Nearby words

  1. gabelle,
  2. gaberdine,
  3. gaberlunzie,
  4. gaberones,
  5. gabfest,
  6. gabionade,
  7. gable,
  8. gable end,
  9. gable roof,
  10. gable window

Origin of gabion

1570–80; < Middle French: rough, two-handled basket < Italian gabbione, augmentative of gabbia cage < Latin cavea cavity, cage Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gabion


/ (ˈɡeɪbɪən) /


a cylindrical metal container filled with stones, used in the construction of underwater foundations
a wickerwork basket filled with stones or earth, used (esp formerly) as part of a fortification

Word Origin for gabion

C16: from French: basket, from Italian gabbione, from gabbia cage, from Latin cavea; see cage

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