oubliette

[ oo-blee-et ]
/ ˌu bliˈɛt /

noun

a secret dungeon with an opening only in the ceiling, as in certain old castles.

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Origin of oubliette

1810–20; <French, Middle French, equivalent to oubli(er) to forget, Old French oblider<Vulgar Latin *oblītāre, derivative of Latin oblītus (past participle of oblīvīscī to forget; see oblivion) + Middle French -ette-ette

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British Dictionary definitions for oubliette

oubliette
/ (ˌuːblɪˈɛt) /

noun

a dungeon, the only entrance to which is through the top

Word Origin for oubliette

C19: from French, from oublier to forget
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