a strong, dark prison or cell, usually underground, as in a medieval castle.
the keep or stronghold of a castle; donjon.

1250–1300; Middle English dungeo(u)n, dongeoun, dungun < Middle French donjon < Vulgar Latin *domniōn- (stem of *domniō) keep, mastery, syncopated variant of *dominiōn- dominion

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dungeon (ˈdʌndʒən)
1.  a close prison cell, often underground
2.  a variant of donjon
[C14: from Old French donjon; related to Latin dominus master]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.Fr. donjon "great tower of a castle," from Gallo-Romance *dominionem, from L.L. dominium, from L. dominus "master" (of the castle; see domain). Sense of "castle keep" led to "strong (underground) cell" in Eng. pre-1338.
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Dungeon definition

different from the ordinary prison in being more severe as a place of punishment. Like the Roman inner prison (Acts 16:24), it consisted of a deep cell or cistern (Jer. 38:6). To be shut up in, a punishment common in Egypt (Gen. 39:20; 40:3; 41:10; 42:19). It is not mentioned, however, in the law of Moses as a mode of punishment. Under the later kings imprisonment was frequently used as a punishment (2 Chron. 16:10; Jer. 20:2; 32:2; 33:1; 37:15), and it was customary after the Exile (Matt. 11:2; Luke 3:20; Acts 5:18, 21; Matt. 18:30).

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Example sentences
He then saves the queen's imposter from the dungeon.
We also visited the dungeon in the castle, which is where they held prisoners of war.
Say your rogue happens to be wandering through a dungeon and you happen upon a group of zombies.
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