- 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 bastion on a hill.
bastion definition by Webster's New World
- a projection from a fortification, arranged to give a wider firing range
- any fortified place; strong defense or bulwark: often used figuratively
Origin: French ; from Middle French bastillon ; from Old French bastille: see bastille
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- bastioned adjective
bastion definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A projecting part of a fortification.
- A well-fortified position.
- One that is considered similar to a defensive stronghold: You are a bastion of strength. See Synonyms at bulwark.
Origin: French, from Old French bastillon, from bastille, fortress; see bastille.
- basˈtioned adjective