a tower on which a sentinel keeps watch.

1535–45; watch + tower Unabridged
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watchtower (ˈwɒtʃˌtaʊə)
a tower on which a sentry keeps watch

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Because of the structures' hill-top location, archaeologists surmise that they served as a watchtower and lookout point.
In the center of the ring stood a watchtower occupied by observers who were completely concealed from the prisoners.
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