bastion[bas′c̸hən, -tē ən]
A bastion on a hill.
- The definition of a bastion is a fortified place, or something or someone that holds firm to an idea or principle.
- An example of a bastion is a firing area projecting out of a building which is held by the military.
- An example of a bastion for personal freedom is the Bill of Rights.
- a projection from a fortification, arranged to give a wider firing range
- any fortified place; strong defense or bulwark: often used figuratively
Origin of bastionFrench ; from Middle French bastillon ; from Old French bastille: see bastille
- A projecting part of a fortification.
- A well-fortified position.
- One that upholds or defends something, as against neglect or unpopularity: a college that is a bastion of traditionalism. See Synonyms at bulwark.
Origin of bastionFrench, from Old French bastillon, from bastille, fortress; see bastille.
- obtains, stiboan