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Origin of watchtower

First recorded in 1535–45; watch + tower1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for watchtower

landmark, observatory, beacon, lighthouse, barbican, mirador

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British Dictionary definitions for watchtower


  1. a tower on which a sentry keeps watch
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Word Origin and History for watchtower

1540s, from watch (v.) + tower (n.).

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