Dungeon meaning

dŭnjən
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A dark, often underground chamber used to confine prisoners.
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(games) An area inhabited by enemies, containing story objectives, treasure and bosses.
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The definition of a dungeon is a prison cell or prison area, usually in a basement of a castle.

An example of a dungeon is the dark room with bars on it under the first floor of the castle where the king keeps his prisoners.

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(rare) To confine in a dungeon.
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An underground prison or vault, typically built underneath a castle.
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A donjon.
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A dark underground cell, vault, or prison.
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Origin of dungeon

  • Middle English donjon castle keep, dungeon from Old French keep probably from Medieval Latin domniō domniōn- the lord's tower from Latin dominus master dem- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English dungeon, dungeoun, dungun (“castle keep, prison cell below the castle, dungeon”), from Old French donjon (“castle keep”), from Frankish *dungjo (“prison, dungeon, underground cellar”), from Proto-Germanic *dungijō, *dungijǭ (“enclosed space, vault, bower, treasury”), from Proto-Germanic *dungaz, *dungō (“dung, manure”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰengʰ- (“to cover”). Cognate with Old English dung (“prison, dungeon”), Old Saxon dung (“underground cellar”), Old High German tung ("underground cellar"; > German Tunk (“manure or soil covered basement, underground weaving workshop”)), Old Norse dyngja ("a detached apartment, a lady's bower"; > Icelandic dyngja (“chamber”)). More at dung.

    From Wiktionary

  • The game term has been popularized by Dungeons & Dragons.

    From Wiktionary