What does Dungeon mean?

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ˈdʌn dʒəndun·geon

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. keep, donjon, dungeonnoun

    the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress

  2. dungeonnoun

    a dark cell (usually underground) where prisoners can be confined


  1. dungeonnoun

    An underground prison or vault, typically built underneath a castle.

  2. dungeonnoun

    The main tower of a motte or castle; a keep or donjon.

  3. dungeonnoun

    An underground area inhabited by enemies, containing story objectives, treasure and bosses.

  4. Etymology: From dungeon, dungeoun, dungun, from donjon, of origin, from Old, from dungijō, from dungaz, from dʰengʰ-. Cognate with dung, dung, tung, dyngja. More at dung.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Dungeonnoun

    A close prison: generally spoke of a prison dark or subterraneous.

    Etymology: from donjon, the tower in which prisoners were kept, whence all prisons eminently strong were in time called dungeons.

    Then up he took the slumbered senseless corse,
    And e’re he could out of his swoon awake,
    Him to his castle brought with hasty force,
    And in a dungeon deep him threw without remorse. Fa. Qu.

    We know not that the king of heav’n hath doom’d
    This place our dungeon; not our safe retreat
    Beyond his potent arm. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ii.

    Now from the North
    Of Norumbeque, and the Samoed shore,
    Bursting their brazen dungeon, arm’d with ice,
    And snow, and hail, come stormy gust, and flaw. John Milton.

    By imagination a man in a dungeon is capable of entertaining himself with scenes and landskapes, more beautiful than any that can be found in the whole compass of nature. Addis.


  1. Dungeon

    A dungeon is a room or cell in which prisoners are held, especially underground. Dungeons are generally associated with medieval castles, though their association with torture probably belongs more to the Renaissance period. An oubliette (from french oublier meaning to forget) or bottle dungeon is a basement room which is accessible only from a hatch or hole (an angstloch) in a high ceiling. Victims in oubliettes were often left to starve and dehydrate to death, making the practice akin to—and some say an actual variety of—immurement.


  1. dungeon

    A dungeon is a usually dark, secure, and mostly underground chamber or set of rooms, which is designed or used to restrain and imprison people. The term is traditionally associated with medieval castles and is often used to convey an environment of cruelty, torture, or punishment. In modern context, the term is also widely used in role-playing games and literature to describe a maze-like structure filled with traps, monsters, and treasures.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dungeonnoun

    a close, dark prison, common/, under ground, as if the lower apartments of the donjon or keep of a castle, these being used as prisons

  2. Dungeonverb

    to shut up in a dungeon

  3. Etymology: [OE. donjoun highest tower of a castle, tower, prison, F. donjon tower or platform in the midst of a castle, turret, or closet on the top of a house, a keep of a castle, LL. domnio, the same word as LL. dominus lord. See Dame, Don, and cf. Dominion, Domain, Demesne, Danger, Donjon.]


  1. Dungeon

    A dungeon is a room or cell in which prisoners are held, especially underground. Dungeons are generally associated with medieval castles, though their association with torture probably belongs more to the Renaissance period. An oubliette is a form of dungeon which is accessible only from a hatch in a high ceiling.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dungeon

    dun′jun, n. (orig.) the principal tower of a castle: a close, dark prison: a cell under ground.—v.t. to confine in a dungeon.—n. Dun′geoner, a gaoler. [O. Fr. donjon—Low L. domnion-em—L. dominus, a lord.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. dungeon

    The principal tower or keep of a castle or fortress. It was so called either from being placed on a dun or elevation, natural or artificial, or because, from its position, it dominated or commanded the other parts of the fortress. From the circumstance that the lower or under-ground story of the donjon was used as a prison, has come the modern meaning of the word dungeon.

  2. dungeon

    (originally Donjon, which see). A prison; a dark and subterraneous cell or place of confinement.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Dungeon in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Dungeon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Dungeon in a Sentence

  1. Julia Fox:

    There's a few in Manhattan and other parts of New York as well and it's legal. You go downstairs, it's a basement, there'd be all these different rooms. There was a medical room for [a] nurse/doctor fantasy, there was a torture room, another type of chamber, a cross-dressing room, a schoolroom, for any type of fantasy. It's really like role playing, it's like acting. When people say how did you get your start in acting it's really like the dungeon because I would have to improv multiple times a day on very short notice.

  2. Nathaniel Hawthorne:

    What other dungeon is so dark as one's own heart What jailer so inexorable as one's self

  3. Robert Green Ingersoll:

    Intellectual liberty is the air of the soul, the sunshine of the mind, and without it, the world is a prison, the universe a dungeon.

  4. Lucretius:

    Though the dungeon, the scourge, and the executioner be absent, the guilty mind can apply the goad and scorch with blows.

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