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[woch-tou-er] /ˈwɒtʃˌtaʊ ər/
a tower on which a sentinel keeps watch.
Origin of watchtower
1535-45; watch + tower1 Unabridged
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  • Though I would gladly have thrown myself on the ground to rest, I continued looking out from my watchtower.

    Saved from the Sea W.H.G. Kingston
  • He left the Peace Stead and went to his watchtower Hlidskjalf.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • It might have been a watchtower from the extent of its view, which swept the lake up to the Indian village.

    Bluebell Mrs. George Croft Huddleston
  • From his watchtower on Rock River the old chief scanned the country.

    The Conquest Eva Emery Dye
  • I am going to try by that route to get into the cavern and thence up to the watchtower aerial-sender.

  • To the watchtower of Thapnen he sent me, there to serve as the eyes of our army.

  • Stand oftentimes on the watchtower to catch the first streak of that coming brightness, the first murmur of these chariot wheels.

    The Faithful Promiser John Ross Macduff
  • It is not unreasonable to suppose that this orange mound was used as a watchtower.

  • Titus himself mounted a watchtower in Antonia, in order that he might see and reward each act of bravery.

    For the Temple G. A. Henty
British Dictionary definitions for watchtower


a tower on which a sentry keeps watch
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for watchtower

1540s, from watch (v.) + tower (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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